SEAT’s PUBLICATIONS

See also SEAT’s Working Paper Series at this link.

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The Myths and Truths of Extraterritorial Taxation
By Laura Snyder
Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, forthcoming

Cook v. Tait may hold that the federal government has the power to tax overseas Americans based upon their worldwide income. But Cook does not allow the government to tax overseas Americans in manners that violate their Constitutional and human rights. Cook is ripe for revisiting.  Other countries offer examples of alternative systems that protect against abuse while also respecting fundamental rights.

 

Can Extraterritorial Taxation Be Rationalized?
By Laura Snyder
The Tax Lawyer, June, 2023

There exist multiple rationales for the U.S. extraterritorial tax system. This paper challenges them. The rationales are theoretical. They do not contend with the full scope and complexity of the actual system, nor with the system’s multitude of intractable problems and injustices.

 

 

Overseas Americans Are Ordinary People, Not FATCAts
By Laura Snyder
Tax Notes Federal, May 22, 2023

A recent IRS working paper on the wealth of U.S. persons held outside the United States confirms that most overseas Americans are ordinary people with ordinary income and wealth who should not be subject to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. (This article is temporarily behind a paywall).

 

The Unacknowledged Realities of Extraterritorial Taxation
By Laura Snyder
Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Winter 2023

The U.S. extraterritorial tax system has evolved such that today it is more consequential than one century ago. Many have sought to educate policymakers and the public. To date, such efforts have failed to affect change. For change to occur, the academic press must look beyond theories to acknowledge the full import, complexities, and consequences of the system in place today.

 

Should Overseas Americans Be Required to Buy Their Freedom?
By Laura Snyder, Karen Alpert, and John Richardson
Tax Notes Federal, July 12, 2021

The United States must end its practice of taxing the foreign source income of U.S. citizens resident abroad. It is necessary to challenge the idea that any proposal to eliminate U.S. extraterritorial taxation must be revenue neutral.

 

Mission Impossible: Extraterritorial Taxation and the IRS
By Laura Snyder, Karen Alpert, and John Richardson
Tax Notes Federal, March 22, 2021

The IRS has failed to fulfill its mandate under the Taxpayer First Act for Americans living overseas, thus underscoring the imperative for Treasury to take action to eliminate extraterritorial taxation.

 

Taxing the American Emigrant
By Laura Snyder
The Tax Lawyer, March, 2021

American emigrants face many consequences from the extraterritorial application of U.S. taxation and banking policies. The stigmatization of American emigrants must, like other forms of stigmatization, be identified and held unacceptable. Otherwise, there is little hope for change.

 

A Simple Regulatory Fix for Citizenship Taxation
By John Richardson, Laura Snyder, and Karen Alpert
Tax Notes Federal, October 12, 2020

There are simple regulatory actions that Treasury can take that would, in the absence of legislative change, improve the lives of overseas Americans and permit the IRS to better focus its limited resources to more effectively administer the U.S. tax system.

 

The Criminalization of the American Emigrant
By Laura Snyder
Tax Notes Federal, June 29, 2020

There is a direct connection between U.S. taxation and banking policies that punish American emigrants and deep-seated prejudices against people associated with other places.

 

The Implications of Tax Residence for Human Rights
By Karen Alpert, Laura Snyder, and John Richardson
February 10, 2020

The U.S. extraterritorial tax system results in incompatible tax rules and excessive compliance costs. The system violates both the sovereignty of other countries and the human right to emigrate. International consensus is needed that individuals should generally be tax resident in only one jurisdiction at a time.

 

Investing with One Hand Tied Behind Your Back – An Australian Perspective on United States Tax Rules for Non-Resident Citizens
By Karen Alpert
January 8, 2018

Persons living overseas who are required to file U.S. tax returns will find it more difficult to effectively save for retirement, and will be more likely to rely on their country’s social safety net in their later years.

 

SEAT is an international not-for-profit association based in France. SEAT’s purpose is to end the taxation by the United States of the worldwide income of persons who are tax residents of another country. These policies affect many different kinds of residents of other countries: American expatriates, American emigrants, Accidental Americans, green card holders, and, for each kind, their families. The policies also affect the countries where they live. The policies have caused many to give up their US citizenship.

SEAT is an independent, non-partisan association. It has no regard for political preferences or party affiliations. It has no connection to any member of the tax compliance industry. Each of SEAT’s founding members is a volunteer.