Lynne Swanson does it again. Another fine piece. This time at the U.K Tax News with a global audience.
She frames the story by asking the key question, “What If Other Countries Adopted American Citizenship and Tax Laws?
It is actually a frightening idea, however in this world of copy-cat taxation policies with OECD’s GATCA arising out of the U.S. unilateral global imposition of FATCA, and the U.K ‘Sons of FATCA‘, it is question that needs more attention. And, she got it!
As I understand it, the article was also published as a letter to the editor in Tax News International (subscription only), the most widely read tax publication anywhere, with the largest audience of compliance experts including Treasury and the IRS.
The questions she asks, is also a question posed by the late Andy Sundberg who penned a piece on January 6th that did NOT get as wide distribution as Lynne’s article did. It paints the picture of a dystopian nightmare for a person laboring under the demands from multiple countries all claiming their citizenship taxation rights. It was posted in February of 2012, the early days of IBS existence. What is the Systemic Risk of Citizenship taxation to the World’s Economy?
Later that year, there was Arrow’s excellent article written in June of 2012. The accidental Kenyan: What would happen if the African nation copied U.S. tax policy? by Don Whiteley. He focused on the impacts on Obama, and it got good play in Vancouver and Canada.
And now Blaze has completed the trilogy for even a wider audience, and answers the key “What if” in a manner that anyone should be able to understand, unless, apparently, you are a U.S. Congressman.
With this piece you are now armed with 3 good articles to send to family and friends that “Don’t get it!”