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More FATCA Follies: Do We Need an Anti-Passport?

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by Peter Spiro As my correspondent Victoria Ferauge points out in response to last week’s post on inter-governmental agreements implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, the problem with FATCA for expatriate Americans is not so much the prospect of added accountant fees in tax preparation. It’s the prospect of being discriminated against as an American for […]

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Are Sole Executive Agreements Next on the Roberts Court Chopping Block?

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by Peter Spiro A constitutional challenge is in the works to Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, the anti-offshoring tax measure that is the bane of ordinary US citizens worldwide. The law adds a burdensome layer of administrative requirements to longstanding citizenship-based tax liabilities. If you’re an American living in France, say hello to thousands of Euros […]

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Piketty/Davos/MayDay

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by Peter Spiro Before the Piketty bubble reaches stage six (at this rate, sometime later today), a few thoughts on the geosocial implications of his theory of inequality. That theory has been getting the lion’s share of the lion-sized attention showered on Capital in the 21st Century (Kindle edition available only). Those of you reading the […]

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Supreme Court Takes Jerusalem Passport Case on the Merits

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by Peter Spiro NY Times dispatch here, reporting the Court’s taking the question of whether Congress can force the Secretary of State to include the birthplace “Jerusalem, Israel” at a U.S. citizen’s option. This could be a huge case or a not-so-huge case. If the Court affirms the D.C. Circuit’s ruling below and strikes down legislation […]

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Russia’s Citizenship Power-Play in Ukraine is Pretty Weak

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by Peter Spiro Russian President Dimitry Medvedev yesterday announced a legislative initiative to fast-track citizenship for non-resident native Russian speakers. He didn’t single out ethnic Russians in Ukraine, but the context says it all. The citizenship shift (variations of which have been floated since the Maidan erupted last month) would allow Russia to amplify its […]

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