000 somewhere else. You're on the hook for the tax on $25,000 as if you'd made it in Cal. Like I said, tricky.

Posted by: Richard Bennett at May 10, 2003 12:05 PM

But how will they ever find out how much you make? If you work for a foreign business, it's not going to bother with your 1099.

Posted by: Clara at May 11, 2003 03:17 AM

Clara, they find out when you stupidly tell the truth on e truth on your tax return, because you followed the directions on the forms and thought you only owed tax on the money you made in California. Then they send you a bill for the tax you "really" owe, and when you finally get someone on the horn, they give you the "tax treaty" crap. And by then it's too late to lie.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at May 12, 2003 08:51 AM

Mike, you are free to give up your citizenship if you don't want to pay U.S. taxes.

What you 'use' is up for fair debate, but the protection you receive by just being an American citizen is quite large. Were, god forbid, something bad to happen while you were abroad, the consulate is there to help.

The fact is, right now the first $80k IS exempt. So those getting hit by any tax are those in the top 10% of all taxpayers. The poor sure as heck ain't paying this tax (with the exemption, granted).

Posted by: Mase at May 12, 2003 11:32 AM

Mase -- Right, but the ones who'll get hit now are bums like me (or like I was). It's a tax, even a double-tax, on the poor, to help pay for the removal of a double-tax on the rich. Isn't it? And in my experience at least, the only service I received from seven-plus years of asking embassies for help was getting my passport replaced. Consular services were never set up to do much for individuals, or even small-business owners. Not that it matters much....

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 12, 2003 03:16 PM
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