Americans who are living abroad and are frustrated by the myriad tax and citizenship issues they're facing can do more than complain, an audience of such Americans was told the other evening in London.
The U.S. government on Wednesday said it would begin flagging up which jurisdictions around the world could see American visitors being at risk of being kidnapped or taken hostage.
The IRS's collection of 15 tax quotations, wonderful as it is – as we noted yesterday – does miss a few classics that rank highly in our own collection.
There's Benjamin Franklin’s quote, for one thing, which is probably among the world's best-known tax quotations of all: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” (Almost equally famously, American author Martha Mitchell included a variation on Franklin’s quote in her 1936 novel Gone with the Wind, n which she has her heroine, Scarlett O’Hara, say: “Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them!”)
Approval this week by the House of Representatives of legislation that would bar the U.S. Internal Revenue Service from offering taxpayers a free suite of tax preparation software is not being seen as an issue that would greatly affect American taxpayers currently resident overseas.
As the countdown continues to Tax Day in the U.S., on Monday, we thought it would be a good time to call attention to a rather quirky collection of tax quotations that we stumbled on, buried deep inside the IRS’s website.
Yup. For all its unflinching greediness, which seems to radiate from its very website at this time of year, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service would seem, on at least some level, to be aware of certain ironies, hypocrisies and even undeniably funny things that are fundamental to the business of taxing people...