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The Competent Authorities Should Agree That The Canadian TFSA Has The Same Treaty Status As The US Roth IRA

The Competent Authorities Should Agree That The Canadian TFSA Has The Same Treaty Status As The US Roth IRA

2018 Prologue

In 2018 I wrote a post arguing that it is reasonable to conclude that the text of the Canada US Tax Treaty should be interpreted to mean that a Canadian TFSA is – like a US ROTH IRA – a pension within the meaning of the Canada US Tax Treaty. The 2018 post was arguing for equal treatment without the intervention of the respective Canadian and American Competent Authorities.

The Punitive Taxation Of US Citizens Living Outside The United States Continues

I have previously and repeatedly made the point that:

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Airline And Cruise Ship Employees: How Income Earned In International Waters May Lead To Double Taxation For (Only) Americans Abroad

Airline And Cruise Ship Employees: How Income Earned In International Waters May Lead To Double Taxation For (Only) Americans Abroad

Oliver Wagner, CPA and John Richardson – January 16, 2022

Americans abroad and the presumption of double taxation

Prologue: For whom the bell tolls …

Whether a US citizen lives in (and is a tax resident of) Mexico and works on a ship in international waters

Or Whether A US citizen lives in (and is a tax resident of) Holland and is an airline pilot …

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The Beyer “Tax Simplification For Americans Abroad Act” HR6057 – A First Look

The Beyer "Tax Simplification For Americans Abroad Act" HR6057 - A First Look

Updates November 22, 2021:

1. I have also written a post on the SEAT site which compares (in a general way) the Beyer Bill of 2021 to the Holding Bill of (2018). Any attempt to solve this problem through amending the FEIE actually has the effect of strengthening citizenship based taxation.

2. With respect to the 402(b) exclusion:

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German Tax Authorities Reported To Be Imposing Tax On U.S. Military Pay

German Tax Authorities Reported To Be Imposing Tax On U.S. Military Pay

(Reposted By Popular Demand)

Prologue

This post draws heavily from the reporting of John VanDiver who has written a number of articles in Stripes. His most recent article is here:

“You don’t want to be chased and harassed by a government office. It is scary,” said Melissa Howell, the spouse of a U.S. soldier who is being targeted by a tax office in Germany’s Landstuhl area. “I don’t know how they expect people to come up with that money.”

Howell, a German who lives with her American husband and children, said she ran into trouble in June when she went to file her taxes at the local finance office.

She said she was interrogated about her husband and told to fill out a questionnaire that probed information about his employment.

She then received a letter ordering her to hand over her husband’s W-2 and other tax forms.

“I did it because I didn’t know. I found out that

was a mistake,” she said.

After that, she got a phone call from the tax office, saying that their case was getting handed over to a case manager who handles “American-German couples.”

 

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Proposed Pillar 3 For International Tax Reform: Individuals Should Be Tax Residents Of Only One Country At A Time

A Proposed Pillar 3 For International Tax Reform: Individuals Should Be Tax Residents Of Only One Country At A Time

Tax Sovereignty: All countries (including the US) has the right to create its own domestic tax policy. The question is how to solve the problem of US citizenship-based taxation from an international perspective.

The problem: US citizenship-based taxation means that US citizens are tax residents of the United States even when they are tax residents of other countries. Interestingly US tax treaties contain a provision called the “saving clause” which denies US citizens the benefits of a tax treaties. See for example Article XXIX of the Canada US Tax Treaty. Tax treaties generally include a residence tie breaker (usually Article IV) which allocates the tax residency of dual tax residents to one country or another. See for example Article IV of the Canada/US Tax Treaty. The “saving clause” denies residency tie break provisions to US citizens.

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Billionaire Tax Proposal Commentary: Based On Concept Of Fake Income

Billionaire Tax Proposal

This comment is based on the interpretation of the proposal found in this post Proposed And Updated Version Of Billionaire Tax. I don’t have a week to read and digest the 100+ pages of the proposed law but based on the description in the proposal here are my comments:

The US currently has (in effect) separate tax systems for: Employees, small business people, those who live off investment income, Americans abroad, undocumented aliens, certain racial minorities (see the work of Dorothy Brown) and now a new tax system for billionaires is proposed. So, in America of today: Congress asks tell me who you are and we will tell you which tax system applies to you. (How can this be fair?) The proposed tax system for billionaires borrows from some of the most vicious aspects of the tax system for Americans abroad and would apply them to billionaires.

Prospectively – The billionaires tax once is is up and running:

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Biden Administration Overriding Tax Treaties. Does This Mean Existing Treaties Are Worthless?

Biden Administration Overriding Tax Treaties

(The above tweet was a response to a recent article in the Financial Post.)

Introduction

This post is a comment on yesterday’s Tax Connections post “Ranking Members Warn Against Bypassing Treaty Process“. As is well known the United States has been hugely supportive of the International Tax Reforms known as “Pillar 1” (granting source country taxing rights to certain profits earned by certain multinationals) and “Pillar 2” (establishing a global minimum tax on the profits of certain multinationals). Apparently 136 of 140 countries have agreed to the two Pillars of international tax reform. The agreement signified a country’s commitment to make the necessary domestic changes to meet its international obligations.

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Eroding The Tax Base Of Other Countries By Imposing Direct U.S. Taxation On Residents Of Those Countries

Eroding The Tax Base Of Other Countries By Imposing Direct U.S. Taxation On Residents Of Those Countries

This is the fourth of a series of posts about international tax reform generally and how FATCA, CRS, citizenship-based taxation, GILTI, etc. work together.

The first three posts were:

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How The World Should Respond To The US FATCA Driven Attack On The Tax Base Of Other Countries

How The World Should Respond To The US FATCA Driven Attack On The Tax Base Of Other Countries

This purpose of this post is to continue the general theme of focusing on the difference between what a law says and what the law means in application and effect. Yesterday’s post (The Pandora Papers, FATCA, CRS And How They Have Combined To Create Tax Haven USA) focused on the role that the 2010 US FACTCA law played in in facilitating the rise of Tax Haven USA. (To be clear, I am not saying that FATCA was the sole cause.) That said, the unwillingness of the USA to sign the CRS (“Common Reporting Standard”) has also played a role in the growth of the US as a tax haven.

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The Pandora Papers, FATCA, CRS And How They Have Combined To Create Tax Haven USA

JOHN RICHARDSON

Introduction

While millions of people are obsessed with taxation there are apparently people who may (but who knows) wish to simply opt out of the discussion.

https://twitter.com/crenshawpunch66/status/1444787814915186688

I am becoming less and less interested in the intricacies of taxation. At its core the principles of tax are really pretty simple. Tax laws exist for two purposes: (1) To redistribute assets from one person to another person (with the government taking an administrative cut along the way) and (2) to punish (sin taxes) or reward (buying a fuel efficient car) certain kinds of behaviour. Certain cultures are more tax obsessed than others. When it comes to obsession over taxation the USA is certainly a world leader. In fact, what started out as US “citizenship-based taxation” more than one hundred years ago, has created a culture of “Taxation-based citizenship” (Yes, they are different concepts).

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A Landscape PAINting Of The Effects Of U.S. Citizenship-Taxation On U.S. Citizens Living Outside The U.S.

A Landscape PAINting Of The Effects Of U.S. Citizenship-Taxation On U.S. Citizens Living Outside The U.S.

Introduction:

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