Besides first determining if you are indeed a U.S. citizen, some further self-analysis is necessary. Anyone, and I mean anyone, should comprehend what is in store for “Americans Abroad” reading this and listening to John Richardson’s interview with CHQR News Talk 77, Dave Taylor, in Calgary, AB:
…there are really four kinds of U.S. Taxable
Persons abroad. Each one of them has his own set of problems.
They can be grouped as follows:
File U.S. tax returns? U.S. tax compliant? What is their problem?
Yes Yes Inability to live normal life*
Yes No Subject to penalties for mistakes**
No Yes Don’t have any income***
No No OMG moment is coming****
Dave Taylor got it and summarized:
It’s unbelievable that the US Government is going after people who in many cases, for decades, have not considered themselves to be Americans, American citizens, but indeed Canadian citizens, for money they don’t owe. It’s unbelievable the US Government has the audacity to think it has a claim on the assets of those people. It’s incomprehensible THAT THE HARPER GOVERNMENT IS PLAYING RIGHT ALONG. So we will watch this story because I think it’s a gross violation of rights and miscarriage of justice.
This analysis / summary of the absurdity and injustice for *US Persons Abroad* should be understandable to anyone who reads it or listens to the interview.
Whether *anyone* would include US Congresspersons whose job should be to understand and make reasonable effective change in legislation is debatable. Why is that?