reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
We (m'Bride and me) live in the Cayman Islands. We HAVE to file taxes every year, or risk the inability to go to the U.S. Funny thing is,
we've been here for 17 years and have been back to the good ol' USA once in tha time. In fact, I suspect that some of my friends secretly belive
that we're on the lam from the IRS........... or in witness protection.
Neither is true; we left clean and continue to not make enough to have
The only thing that could ever require us to renounce our citizenship with the United States of America would be if "they" decided to tweak the laws
in a manner that allowed "them" to construe us as criminals.
Well-intentioned friends in the U.S. tell us, "hey, you can always come here, reorganize if you need to", and we appreciate them, and love them, and
know it's a truthful gesture from the heart. However, we've chosen to make our stand here, come what may, whatever the world and its minions have
to offer, we'll live and die here. It's home.
Why should the IRS be concerned with us? Well, for one, we live in one of the tax shelter nations, however with the recent capitulence of the
Caymanian government to the pressures of Brown and Obama, this nation is a ghost of its previous ability to bank money and STFU about it.
Truth is, for the first time in history, along with Switzerland, the Cayman Islands (as well as a buncha other small nations) have changed their
policies in order to get off the black and gray list, onward to the required white list (oh, the symbology is rampant) ...... to be considered a
Goodfella by the U.S. You want this to stop? Fine. Find out where Obama and Brown hide their money.
So.......... while I have a hard time imagining a situation where we'd move back to the U.S., I can easily imagine a medical reason to go there,
although with the recent changes, I don't know exactly how that fares with our insurance company's agreement with a Miami-based hospital. For all
we know, we're paying for coverage that can no longer be honored.
It's a sticky wicket, as they say, and what pisses me off more than anything is the uncomfortable feeling that it's just a matter of a few tweaks of
the tax code to make us be defined as criminals.
Hey, I launder money two times a week. Seems that no matter how I turn my pockets inside out, there are always coins that are washed and shining in
the bottom of the washer, along with a sheetrock screw or two.
Thanks for the space to vent and fret, Pro. I know it's an old, tired saw, and everyone is tired of hearing it...... but........ I fought and
risked my ass for the U.S. It's the first time in my life that I've been afraid of Her government. T'would almost generate a tear if I
weren't sucha hardened ol' bastard.