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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.?