In case you hadn’t already figured it out, this is the shape of things to come for U.S. Persons abroad: relentless bipartisan attacks on the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion in the name of “simplifying the tax code” and “cutting subsidies to favoured groups”, because the “non-partisan” Joint Committee on Taxation (which is composed entirely of Homelanders) classifies it as a “tax expenditure”. The latest effort in this direction: Dennis Ross (R-FL)’s HR 6474, which purports to implement the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Commission regarding territorial taxation. It contains provisions to phase out 20% of the FEIE every year until it is fully eliminated in 2017:
SEC. 271. FIVE-YEAR PHASEOUT OF CERTAIN TAX EXPENDITURES.
(a) In General- Effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012, the amount allowable as a credit, exclusion from gross income, exemption from taxation, or deduction for the taxable year under the tax provisions specified in subsection (c) (determined without regard to this section) shall be reduced by the applicable percentage of the amount so allowable …
(c) Specified Provisions-For purposes of this section, the tax provisions specified in this subsection are as follows:
(1) Section 911 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to citizens or residents of the United States living abroad).
Boom! Right there on top in pole position, the very first “tax expenditure” they propose to cut. That in itself should tell you volumes about Congress’ attitude towards U.S. Persons abroad.