Advocacy to change the U.S. rules of “citizenship-based taxation” is going strong. For example, last week there was a delegation in Washington, DC. Americans Citizens abroad is active and working hard. Republicans Overseas through the efforts of Solomon Yue has been a leader. Democrats Abroad is starting to rise to the occasion.
Legislative change will require a “conversation” with the “powers to be” in DC. It is difficult for those who have not experienced the difficulties of complying with the U.S. tax code (as a “taxpayer abroad”), to understand the problem.
One of the responses frequently heard is:
“What’s the problem”. You can exempt about $100,000 USD per year under the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.
Although true, as you know, the exclusion applies to “earned income” only. There are many sources of income that are (1) not earned income and (2) are not taxable in your country of residence and (3) are taxable in the USA.
In order to assist those who will be part of “the conversation” in DC, I would like to ask that you provide examples of how/why a U.S. citizen living in another country with income well below the $100,000 Foreign Earned Income Exclusion can end of paying tax to the United States.
I think that a number of focused examples could be very important. These examples could include things like phantom capital gains and U.S. taxation “kicking in” at a lower level of income than in your country of residence. Of course it would be great to be able to document and wide and diverse range of examples.
When if you comment, if you could provide reasonable detail and specify where you live. Also, if you have any knowledge of how a tax treaty might affect U.S. tax (recognising that tax treaties mostly do not assist individuals) it would be helpful.
Thanks in advance!