US @CitizenshipTax AKA #Extraterritorialtax is greater than the self-interest of any one person. It affects you in ways that may not be obvious now. It affects your neighbours. It affects the sovereignty of your country of residence. It affects the future value of US citizenship
— John Richardson – lawyer for "U.S. persons" abroad (@ExpatriationLaw) June 3, 2021
Why are some Americans Abroad not concerned about citizenship-based taxation? Why will many Americans Abroad continue to vote for the same political party that continues to damage them? What does this imply for unifying Americans Abroad in support of a movement toward residency-based taxation? This post will explore these issues.
In The Life Of Many Americans Abroad: Citizenship-based taxation is not a problem until it is!!
I have been walking around these days asking myself with only half a smile whether there is some morphed version of the Canadian national anthem which declares: “True expatriate love in all thy sons and daughters command.”
I am doing this because I have been regularly experiencing what you might call expatriate shaming.
There’s been a push — no, make that a shove — to recruit Americans living in Canada who are eligible to vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election to become part of the electoral process. Knowing I was born in the U.S., my friends, neighbours and relatives will ask with a semi-desperate twinge in their voices: “Have you registered to vote in the U.S. election?” And when I say I am registered but I do not plan to vote, they get very angry.
Given what has been going on under President Donald Trump, they exclaim, how can I even think about not making a difference by casting a presidential ballot? (By the way, no one assumes that an expat could possibly vote for Trump, which is interesting.)