Crossposted from RenounceUScitizenship
Introduction – The Four Principles Of US Taxation Abroad
The U.S. tax system (at least in relation to U.S. citizens abroad) operates on the following four basic principles:
1. If something is “foreign” it should be punished.
2. The “principle of penalty” – There is no way that somebody can clean up innocent mistakes without paying penalties or the threat of penalties.
3. “No good deed goes unpunished” – Those who have filed (and are in the system) will have greater problems than those who have never filed. (Look at the new Streamlined compliance procedures for US citizens abroad for evidence of this – those who have filed cannot use the procedure to amend returns)
4. U.S. citizens abroad are tax cheats.
Those four principles sum it up.