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A Ceasefire in the IRS' War on US Citizens

Around 10 years ago, the United States declared war on a select group of Americans – the nearly 8 million United States persons (citizens and green card holders) living abroad. The IRS quietly and stealthily conducted this war. Its campaign consisted of extortion and intimidation, in an effort to force expats to comply with their US tax obligations. In my adopted country of Panama, IRS agents fanned out across the country, seeking out non-compliant US taxpayers. Some of the agents carried...

Blame Government Policies, Not Companies, for Reincorporating Abroad

Recent corporate mergers and acquisitions – and talk of more in the works – have some Americans, including federal legislators, accusing the companies of being “unpatriotic,” “freeloaders,” and “avoiding their fair share” of taxes. In response, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today led a group of other Democrat senators in introducing the “Patriot Employer Tax Credit Act,” which he said in a statement “will reward businesses that exemplify American values and treat workers fairly – not...

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