Originally Posted by Hudson Force
Hmm, "Taxation without representation...?" I seem to recall this was raised as an issue of conflict between the Americans and the British some years back.
The only folks who have true taxation w/o representation are US citizens who are residents of the District of Columbia
. Full federal taxes are paid but, there, they have a "shadow senator" with no vote and a representative in the House whose vote is a token but only counts if it would not be a tie-breaker -- so in other words, the vote doesn't count. Strange situation. All the excuses have been made but never make sense since the population is/was greater than some of the rural states and the amount of federal taxes paid is pretty big as DC isn't at the bottom economically. Just a weird situation (that we learned about when we moved there for several years.)
I wonder if the Brits have the same situation as Americans abroad where we have the first x-many dollars of international income
is exempt from USA personal income
tax (unless you work for a USA company or the USA gov't)? Otherwise, doesn't the Brit just have to pay income tax there as well as here on the same income?
When I lived and worked in Japan
, I payed no income tax on my Fujitsu income but since I also worked for the US gov't I paid income tax on that income. At that time, the first $75K of international income earned while living abroad was exempt from US taxes. It was 20 years ago so surely the number is higher now -- and surely the Brits have a similar tax break so they don't pay double.
However, the Brit is fortunate to have a permit
to work in the USA, IMO, just as any American is lucky if afforded work abroad. If one must pay taxes on one's income in order to work here--um, well, I just consider that person lucky to be employed or have a business that is profitable enough to pay taxes.