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Will Canada’s Hard Line on Eritrea’s ‘Diaspora’ Tax Apply to the U.S.?

If Eritrea’s 2 % diaspora tax is such an egregious example of extra-territorial tax oppression, how does the U.S. escape the same treatment?

"For legal reasons, I would not comment on the reasons for the expulsion but the Ambassador's actions were “inconsistent” with his diplomatic duties." - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird
“For legal reasons, I would not comment on the reasons for the expulsion but the Ambassador’s actions were “inconsistent” with his diplomatic duties.” – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird

By The Globe and Mail,

How nice to see Canada taking a very hard line with the government or Eritrea and its attempts to impose a diaspora tax on Eritrean citizens now living in Canada. This country really does have a backbone when it comes to standing up to oppression and injustice.

How to explain, then, that while we send the Eritrean consul packing and threaten to shut down the consulate, we let U.S. Ambassador David Jacobsen stay put in Ottawa with nary a word of protest over America’s “diaspora” tax?

There are only two countries in the world that levy income tax based on citizenship rather than residence; one is Eritrea and the other is the United States. But while Canada fulminates and threatens mayhem against Eritrea, it says nothing about the U.S. Continue reading Will Canada’s Hard Line on Eritrea’s ‘Diaspora’ Tax Apply to the U.S.?

Eritrea Compliments Canada over 2% Tax

As in any other taxation system, there are certain consequences, clearly stipulated by law, that are applicable in case of unjustified 2% tax evasions but not through extra-judicial means.

By Eritrean Foreign Ministry,

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea presents its compliments to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Internal Trade of Canada (DFAITC) and has the honour to convey the following:-

In its communications of July 27, 2012, reference number GFA0022, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Internal Trade regrettably invokes the biased and politically-motivated allegations of the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group to express concern on a number of policies and normative practices of the Government of Eritrea.  Continue reading Eritrea Compliments Canada over 2% Tax