3,000 renounced their U.S. citizenship in 2013
I have filed 10 U.S. tax returns in my life. Well, in fact, it was 11 – including the "less than 180 days" at the beginning.
Well before I began to be harassed by professional "discriminated" feminists, professional "discriminated" blacks, and similar atrocious scum sometime in 2005, I hated that experience. The tax returns had to be combined with almost annual exercises needed to get new visas, prolong them, get new stamps for them, and so on. As you know, it's not just about the federal tax returns. One must also file the tax returns for a state – sometimes two states (California, New Jersey). The very doubling (federal, state tax returns) represent a staggering inefficiency in the system. Couldn't the federal IRS or the states' offices just collect taxes at both levels and use one form?
In average, I would spend about 3 weeks – 3 weeks subtracted from anything else I could do – with this terrible stuff (INS+IRS) every year, although the 3 weeks would take the form of a "part time job" spread to something like 5 weeks. The procedure would get faster whenever it would be "mostly repetitive" but new subtleties and changes of the status would emerge almost every year so the reduction was mostly compensated by something else. I could do these things more quickly but the knowledge of the uselessness of these activities just sucked most of the energy from me. Professional tax aides could have helped as well but one would have to pay some additional 10% of the income to these parasites and I always decided that things just can't be that bad yet.
When I would be playing the episode of the Mafia PC game, I would be imagining that the shooting took place in the building of the IRS.
Despite the huge time spent with the monstrosity known as the tax returns, I often couldn't figure out basic things – like whether I should pay any taxes at all, whether some interest from the bank is already taxed or must be reported again, and so forth. I got audited twice in the 10-year period, and had to pay some extra money – above $100 and above $1,500, respectively. With so much mess in the laws, it seems impossible to do things "quite right".
Yes, of course that I think that at least the Massachusetts tax office audit had something to do with Deval Patrick and his friends behind the scenes. The evidence isn't quite 5-sigma but it is close to a safe claim that I have been mistreated by the tax bureaucrats in similar ways as the Tea Party groups in recent years.
And things are not getting any better. CNN Money has informed us that 3,000 Americans splashed their U.S. passports into the toilet in 2013: enough is enough. That's almost a doubled number relatively to the previous record, around 1,800, in 2011, and 3 times higher than in 2012.
CNN claims that the main reason of the emigration is The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act approved by the doubly Democrat-Party-dominated Congress in 2010 whose goal is to harass and rob not only Americans with savings in foreign financial institutions but these financial institutions themselves, too. Some new policies described in the law came to force in 2013.
I find the whole concept flabbergasting. We're told that "penalties may be high" for foreign banks that incorrectly report the on the accounts held by U.S. citizens (which is why many foreign banks prefer to kick the U.S. clients!). What I don't understand is how it is possible that there can be any penalties at all paid by financial institutions away from the U.S. (e.g. those in Switzerland which should be the ultimate "neutral country" protected from interventions by foreign powers) to the government of the United States of America. It contradicts my understanding of the basic national sovereignty of other countries. If Obama or the IRS wanted a Swiss bank to pay a fine even though the bank hasn't had any business with the U.S. government, the bank should just remind Obama that he is nothing else than a kitschy foreign souvenir on the Swiss territory, shouldn't it?
The root of the special insanities of the U.S. tax system is that unlike the citizens of other countries, the U.S. citizens have to pay taxes from their global income. This rule shows that the IRS is more intrusive and arrogant than other countries' financial offices but even if we agreed that the rule is tolerable, it doesn't give the IRS the moral right to harass companies operating in other countries. If the law can't be enforced, it just can't be enforced. It is a stupid law.
All these problems show how irresponsible it is to allow left-wing ideologues to mess with the tax system. They don't care about the efficiency of the system. They don't care about the total revenue – which will not really be increased substantially (those who really dodge the taxes will find another way to do so; this is clearly just an extra burden for the honest folks like your humble correspondent who may spend 4 weeks with this junk and not 3 weeks as I did). They don't care about people's happiness. They want to harass the wealthy people, the people who are just perceived as healthy, and their ideological enemies. They want to prove to their jealous, hateful electorate – the losers – that they're doing something against the "classes" that these losers hate. Left-wingers' very goal is to turn the world into a shittier place than it is which is why the treatment presented in the video at the top is a much cleaner method to deal with them.
Before you criticize the singing above, realize that it's sung by yesterday's Olympic biathlon silver medal winner, Ms Gabriela Soukalová, a #samiCZE. Czechia got another, bronze medal today – fourth for biathlon, sixth overall. The number 6 is already matching the country's records from Sarajevo and Vancouver. Still awaiting Ms Martina Sáblíková trademark 5 km speed skating race – and less realistically, praying for the ice-hockey team.