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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Tom Wallis was born in France to a French mother and American father. But his father passed away when he was just six years old. Apart from one year he spent working in the United States, Wallis has spent little time tending to his American roots - he thinks of himself as French. But four years ago, his sister tried to apply for a loan. Her French bank asked her to declare whether she was American, and knowing her father's lineage, she replied yes. That's when she, and her siblings discovered they owed the American government tens of thousands of dollars in taxes - with Mr. Wallis alone on the hook for more than $100,000.





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Gosh, for decades now, some [should I say "many, many"?] American students traveling in Europe have been sewing Canadian flags on their clothes and luggage. For safety.

#1 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2018-05-13 08:53 AM | Reply

when we went to South America in '06, I told the locals we from Canada.

#2 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-05-13 10:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

My understanding of US tax law is that as long as you worked outside the USA for more than 18 months you are not subject to US income tax. Has that changed? Are dual citizens double taxed?

It is safer to travel as someone from a more neutral country in the unlikely event you cross paths with one of America's sworn enemies. But most bandidos don't care, they just want your money.

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-05-13 11:11 AM | Reply

No sympathy for tax scofflaws.

#4 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-05-13 11:26 AM | Reply

#3 | Posted by bayviking

That was the case but not since at least 2010 (and I believe prior as well) - it is a victim of the fight against tax havens and offshore accounts. If you claim American citizenship you are taxed. There are rules in place about reducing your American taxes for paying local taxes but it does not exempt you. There is actually a big movement among US expats now giving up their US citizenship to be free of the burden. Imagine being dinged for high European taxes and having the US telling you that you owe much more...

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-05-13 11:34 AM | Reply

Don't tell anyone you are an American Donald Trump or they might make you pay your taxes. Don't tell them you are Russian either, same reason.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-13 03:05 PM | Reply

"There are rules in place about reducing your American taxes for paying local taxes but it does not exempt you"

The first $100,000 or so are exempt, for people living abroad most of the calendar year.

#7 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-05-13 04:15 PM | Reply

To all you libs............ Don't tell anyone you are a stoopid lib.

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-05-13 05:34 PM | Reply

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