Here is the link to Matias Ramos blog post at the Institute for Policy Studies, The One Percent Deports Itself. He did not respond to my earlier comment, so I’ve written an e-mail in hopes to get some kind of concession.
Dear Mr. Ramos:
I commented at your blog. I took exception to your portrayal of those who relinquish their citizenship as the 1% deporting themselves. This is incorrect and a clear mischaracterization of the facts. I know many people who have renounced in the last couple of years. These are not wealthy people–indeed, some of them are even what you would call lower middle class.
I suppose that IPS is a think tank or prides itself in the research that it does. Perhaps you could get some statistics from the IRS as to how many of the renunciants actually are even wealthy enough to be considered “covered” expatriates–i.e., assets exceeding 2 million or tax liabilities exceeding around 150K over the last five years. I certainly am far from being one of them.
As it is, you have committed libel against those whom the IRS has forced to disconnect themselves from the US–we want to live in peace with only one government harassing us for taxes. We pay more taxes here in Canada than you folks in the United States. But perhaps you didn’t know that we are expected to obey the rules in the United States too, and for every tax break we get in Canada, we often have to fork over money to the United States. You say we are global elites. That is not true. We are victims. And you are part of the reason why we are victims now, because you have repeated the tiresome cliché that it is the rich who are deporting themselves. You even used the popular 1% terminology, the 1% who are, thanks to Occupy Wall Street, the most hated class of rich people of all. You should visit our website, the Isaac Brock Society. We are not the 1%. We are the 99%.
We pay our fair share of taxes. We do it in our countries of residence. We are now attached here to our countries and we don’t need the IRS breathing down our necks looking for money. It is a criminal activity, a practice of thugs, and we are sick of it, and so we expatriate ourselves in order to be free of it.
Peter W. Dunn
Isaac Brock Society