Only two countries do this appalling thing — and the US is one of them

posted by
June 12, 2016
by Nick Giambruno  
Posted in Commentary

"Nearly every country in the world bases its tax system on residency rather than citizenship. If you're an Italian citizen, and you leave Italy to live and work in Dubai, you don't have to pay taxes on the income you earn abroad to the Italian government. But Eritrea levies a 2% flat tax on its citizens who live abroad. If you're an Eritrean citizen, you have to pay taxes to the Eritrean government, no matter where you live and work. The media has condemned this as 'extortion' and a 'repressive' measure by an 'authoritarian' government. ... the UN Security Council condemned Eritrea for 'using extortion, threats of violence, fraud and other illicit means to collect taxes outside of Eritrea from its nationals.' You might be wondering, 'What's the controversy? Eritrea is getting criticized, and rightly so.' That brings us to the only other country on the planet with a similar tax system ... the United States."  

Tags: ,

Our Sponsors