— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) June 28, 2012
In the fall I wrote a post describing how Obamacare is to be funded by taxing “unearned income”. This is one of many examples where the US taxes income that people have never earned. I am cross-posting this post from the RenounceUScitizenship blog. After publishing this post, I noted some very interesting comments, including some based on “technicalities” from Shadow Raider and Eric. These comments raised questions, about what would be included in, and what was meant by “unearned income”. Interesting comments. I have updated this post to acknowledge your comments. But, I will leave it to you to sort out the details. Suffice it to say that Obamacare is a massive tax increase that will make U.S. tax compliance even more difficult. In addition, Obamacare will certainly increase the role of the IRS in your life in a more supervisory way.
Note the following comments of Commissioner Shulman in this regard:
The situation is indeed dismal. I don’t understand everything in the following article, but I can see that this is going to:
1. Add more bureaucracy and cost to filing your U.S. tax return – it is not clear how this is intended to impact expats (if they are considered at all);
2. Clearly interfere with your ability to invest and plan for retirement. The U.S. has become a nation of forms and bureaucracy. Continue reading