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Cook v. Tait 44: “Sovereignty”, “Citizenship” and use of “citizenship” to further the interests of the “sovereign” – The evolution from #CookvTait to #FATCA

As citizenship evolves …

I began this post in 2015. It has languished in draft form since that time. It is now November of 2017. As #TaxReform17 comes to an end, I feel motivated to finish it. It is now 2019. Really, it’s probably now or never. This post draws heavily from posts, insights and comments from a number of bloggers and (past) contributors to the Isaac Brock Society. Your comments have helped to shape this discussion. This post will continue my Cook v. Tait Book (a collection of posts written about U.S. citizenship based taxation taxation-based citizenship, which started in 2011. (Much of the Cook v. Tait book appears as a resource at the Isaac Brock Society – a rich source of comments about life in an FBAR and FATCA world.

About citizenship: One way or the other, citizenship matters ..

The purpose of this post is to explore various aspects of the concept of citizenship through the 20th century and the first part of the 21st century. This is an interesting topic in it’s own right. It is particularly important in the context of Cook v. Tait. As the likelihood of a lawsuit against “citizenship-based taxation” increases, the importance of understanding “the evolution of citizenship” increases. I propose to consider this issue under the following “Part”s:

Part A –  Citizenship under international law – An aspect of the Sovereignty of Nations

Part B – Citizenship, international law and citizenship evolution triggered by “war”

Part C – Evolution of citizenship under U.S. “domestic law” – 1967 – Afroyim – The U.S. Supreme Court and the “constitutionalism” of U.S. citizenship

Part D – Notions of Citizenship in the 21st Century

Part E – The forced imposition of U.S. citizenship

Part F – Citizenship as a weapon – The role of “citizenship taxation” in the “weaponization of finance”

Part G – Citizenship-based taxation as a way of controlling the life choices of Americans abroad

Part H – Citizenship-based taxation as a mechanism to export U.S. cultural values to the rest of the world

Part I – Dual citizenship in a world of U.S. extra-territorial laws

Part J – Citizenship-based taxation as a way to export U.S. cultural values to the Muslim world

Part K – Multiple citizenships and public office: Australia’s “Citizenship Seven”

Appendix – Modern thinking and research on the rights and obligations of citizenship

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Benefits of Dual Citizenship

Well, it does give you the right to leave the United States and return it. It also means that if you renounce U.S. citizenship you would not be “stateless”.

Immigration in America

Benefits of Dual Citizenship

People have many different reasons for wanting to obtain

dual citizenship. Since you selected this book, you likely already

have some of your own reasons. It can be a lengthy and costly

process to have your Italian citizenship recognized so you should

think about your goals for obtaining citizenship and whether it’s

worth it before you embark on this journey. In this chapter, I’ve

shared some of the benefits of dual citizenship.

The right to work overseas

Some Americans may find that their job prospects are better

overseas or have just always wanted the option to be able to work

or create a business outside of the United States. As an Italian

citizen, you will not only obtain rights to work, vote and own

properly* in Italy, you will also be eligible to work throughout the

European Union.

Many large global employers may be willing to…

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Italian Citizenship for Americans – Dual Citizenship for U.S. Citizens of Italian descent

“Under the jus sanguinis principle, any person of Italian descent can claim his or her citizenship, and it will be considered citizenship at birth. The process consists in claiming the right of Italian citizenship.”
Very significant! Think of the advantages of having been born with Italian citizenship when it comes to relinquishing U.S. citizenship!

Immigration in America

Italian Citizenship for Americans –

Dual Citizenship for U.S. Citizens of Italian descent

As a Dually qualified Italian Attorney in New York, I receive many inquiries by American citizens of Italian ancestry that wish to obtain Italian American Dual Citizenship.

Italian citizenship law is based on the jus sanguinis principle (citizenship by blood), and anyone with an Italian ancestor can claim Italian citizenship.

Under the jus sanguinis principle, any person of Italian descent can claim his or her citizenship, and it will be considered citizenship at birth. The process consists in claiming the right of Italian citizenship.

Italian citizenship can be claimed in different cases; below you can find the most common:

CASE #1: Your father was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth and you never renounced your right to Italian citizenship.

CASE #2: Your mother was an Italian citizen at the time of…

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Globe and Mail – Americans in Canada driven to divorce

Link to Article:

Americans in Canada driven to divorce from their country

This is a desperate time to be a U.S. expat. An “ignorant and arrogant” U.S. Congress (to use the language of American Citizens Abroad) along with Carl Levin, Barack Obama, Timothy Geithner and Douglass Shulman are destroying the lives of American citizens who happen to live outside the United States. It is difficult to describe the state of sheer terror that U.S. expats are living under. The bottom line is that the U.S. is threatening monetary penalties which, if implemented, will force U.S. expats to liquidate their assets (homes, RRSPs, etc.) and pay the IRS. U.S. citizenship is such a liability that there will be a number of marriages (which are already on shaky ground) that will end because the non U.S. spouse will not want to be reported to the IRS. Would you want to be married to somebody if it meant that all of your financial information would go to the IRS? To understand the exact reasons and the how this came about, I encourage you to read other parts of this blog. But, the “bottom line” is what it is. Continue reading

The state of your U.S. citizenship

From The War of 1812 To The War of 2012 – America Tries Again!

In 1812, because of grievances against Great Britain, the United States attacked the British Colonies north of the 49th parallel.  These colonies  were to become Canada. The reasons for the attack included: Continue reading

So, You Think You May Be A U.S. Citizen – Think Again!

I never left the U.S. – The U.S. left me!

 

The lyrics to our National Anthem were written by Francis Scott Key, as the British bombed Baltimore, during the war of 1812. On September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked. In a misguided attempt to protect Americans and to punish the guilty, the government passed laws which undermined the very freedoms that America was built on.

John Adams, one of the founders of the U.S. constitution noted that:

.. it’s of more importance to community, that innocence should be protected, than it is, that guilt should be punished.”

Since September 11, 2001 the freedoms of U.S. citizens have and continue to be eroded.

It has become more important that the guilty be punished then the innocent be protected. Continue reading