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Should the US tax system be based on citizenship or residency?

Should the US tax system be based on citizenship or residency?

  • Citizenship

    Votes: 3 60.0%
  • Residency

    Votes: 2 40.0%

  • Total voters
    5

Viking11

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The US and Eritrea are the only countries in the world that base their tax system on citizenship rather than residency. If you’re a Canadian citizen and leave Canada to become a resident of and earn income in the US, you would not have to pay taxes on that income to the Canadian government. If you were a US citizen, on the other hand, you would have to pay taxes to the US government no matter where you live and work.
 

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The US and Eritrea are the only countries in the world that base their tax system on citizenship rather than residency. If you’re a Canadian citizen and leave Canada to become a resident of and earn income in the US, you would not have to pay taxes on that income to the Canadian government. If you were a US citizen, on the other hand, you would have to pay taxes to the US government no matter where you live and work.

No matter where you live on Earth, as an American citizen you have the protections and support of the U.S. government.

No matter where you live on Earth, you need to pay your fair share of taxes.
 

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The US and Eritrea are the only countries in the world that base their tax system on citizenship rather than residency. If you’re a Canadian citizen and leave Canada to become a resident of and earn income in the US, you would not have to pay taxes on that income to the Canadian government. If you were a US citizen, on the other hand, you would have to pay taxes to the US government no matter where you live and work.

You are wrong. There are scores of countries that tax the foreign income of citizens. The US an Eritrea are the only countries that tax the foriegn income of non-resident citizens (who are relatively small in #)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_taxation#Individuals
 

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No matter where you live on Earth, as an American citizen you have the protections and support of the U.S. government.

No matter where you live on Earth, you need to pay your fair share of taxes.

I strongly agree - and it's not just the fact that if we're being held hostage, the government will do what they can to rescue us.

When I go to Manila, there on the main drag (Roxas Blvd) down near Pasay is a complex about five or six acres in size. It's the local U.S. Veterans Administration outpatient clinic and admin building. We've got a LOT of veterans there. In fact, I remember about six hours' drive (more if traffic is heavy) north of Manila, in a place called "La Union", which is on the coast but truly out in the boonies, on the side of the road I was pretty surprised to see a VFW outpost!

Perhaps even more indicative is the coverage we military vets (esp. retired) get overseas through our insurance called "TRICARE". If you'll check the TRICARE overseas" website, you'll find that most nations around the world (and at least a hundred just in Manila) accept coverage for our treatment from TRICARE. I can't think of a single other American insurance agency that does this. That said, from what I understand, there are several other first-world nations whose citizens are covered wherever they go through their single-payer insurance. I wish it wasn't just us vets who could say the same about America.

I gladly pay my taxes...because I know what they do for all of us - not just my own benefits, but more than anything else, the infrastructure - from roads to education to construction regulation to public safety and a million other things - that maintains our status as a first-world democracy.
 

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The US and Eritrea are the only countries in the world that base their tax system on citizenship rather than residency. If you’re a Canadian citizen and leave Canada to become a resident of and earn income in the US, you would not have to pay taxes on that income to the Canadian government. If you were a US citizen, on the other hand, you would have to pay taxes to the US government no matter where you live and work.

The U.S. does tax residents. Even though non-citizens are often not subject to income tax (though I'm not sure if they are or are not), non-citizen residents absolutely do pay sales tax and all other taxes that we normally have through utility and communications payments.
 

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Tax should only be based on residency. All the US is doing is being greedy and taking money from activity that has nothing to do with the US. Having American citizenship aboard carries a large amount of cons that outweigh the pros.
 
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