Extraterritorial Taxation #6: No Compelling Governmental Interest

SEAT Working Paper Series #2023/6 (June 5, 2023).

23 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2023

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Laura Snyder

Association of Americans Resident Overseas (AARO); Stop Extraterritorial American Taxation (SEAT)

Date Written: June 5, 2023


This is the sixth in a series of sixteen papers about the U.S extraterritorial tax system.

The immediately preceding (fifth) paper in this series explains and refutes the five most commonly offered rationales for extraterritorial taxation. This sixth paper confronts those theoretical rationales with the reality of the extraterritorial tax system in place today. This confrontation exposes the vacuum in which the rationales exist. Not one of the rationales recognizes the full scope and complexity of the actual tax system in place today or contends with the system’s multitude of intractable problems and injustices. Further, this confrontation exposes that the system cannot pass a “rational basis” review and United States does not have a legitimate interest in the system.

Keywords: Extraterritorial taxtion, Citizenship-Based Taxation, Residence-Based Taxation, Expatriation, Equal Protection, Emigration, Citizenship, Overseas Americans, IRS, Renunciation of Citizenship, FATCA, Exit Tax

JEL Classification: D63, E62, F22, F54, G21, G32, G28, H24, H25, H26, H87, J26, J61, K33, K34, K37

Suggested Citation

Snyder, Laura, Extraterritorial Taxation #6: No Compelling Governmental Interest (June 5, 2023). SEAT Working Paper Series #2023/6 (June 5, 2023)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4465450 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4465450

Laura Snyder (Contact Author)

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