On July 15, members of the Turkish armed forces attempted to overthrow the country’s government. Those loyal to the elected president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, stopped them.
My grandfather was a poster boy for the “Greatest Generation.” He was 6’3”, with a shock of white hair crowned beneath a silver-belly Stetson.
In my mind, some things are so obvious I don’t understand how everyone doesn’t reach the same conclusions I do. President George W. Bush’s campaign to oust Saddam Hussein from power is a great example.
The IRS has unleashed an aggressive investigation into Facebook’s tax structure, seeking a court order to force access to their internal records and possibly setting a frightening precedent for anyone or anything with wealth off-shore.
A few weeks ago, I was sorting through some old files from early in my career. I came across a newsletter promotion I received in 1985.
Do you own a dog? You could face six months in federal prison If you walk it on federal lands on a leash longer than six feet in length.
“I’m from the IRS and I’m here to help you.” Yes, the above is one of life’s big lies. But several years ago, it looked as if they actually intended to help if you had an offshore tax problem.
As a US citizen or permanent resident, you are forgiven for the belief you have the right to remain silent. “Pleading the fifth” (amendment), is such common chorus in American culture, it's near cliché by now.
What’s the biggest threat to our civil liberties? Is it a Congress hellbent on closing all loopholes left to US citizens grasping for privacy?
It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Before the vote, polls suggested that British citizens would opt to remain in the European Union, rather than choose what pundits dubbed “Brexit.”
Last month, lawmakers in Massachusetts approved a constitutional amendment that will lead to the departure of many of the state’s wealthiest and most productive citizens.
Talk about a double standard… The US is quick to point fingers, yet hardly ever enforces its rules at home.
Until the early 20th century, you didn’t need a passport for international travel. Now, you need a passport to enter virtually any country in the world.
I love technology. I can’t imagine life without modern conveniences like telephones, email, and the internet. Not to mention running water, air conditioning, and automobiles.
Your friendly Uncle Sam has done a great job of ending the civil liberties protections enshrined in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Think of the PATRIOT Act, FATCA, and Obamacare, just to name a few examples.
Expatriation – deliberately giving up your US citizenship and passport – is admittedly a touchy topic. Congressman Sam Gibbons (D-FL), referring to expatriates, spoke of “the despicable act of renouncing allegiance to the United States.”
It was the perfect pitch for 1,076 young foreigners who had just graduated from a US university but didn’t want to return home. They could continue their studies at the University of Northern New Jersey without bothering to attend class, take tests, or butt heads with professors.
You can imagine how much better I sleep at night knowing that an army of unseen bureaucrats is working ceaselessly on my behalf.
Those “heroic” EU bureaucrats in Brussels are at it again. They’ve already banned bananas that are too curved. Water companies can’t claim that drinking water fights dehydration.
In just the last year, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed that hackers had stolen the personal information of more than 20 million current and former federal government applicants and employees.
That’s what the headlines should have proclaimed. But they didn’t. Instead, when announcing the theft of more than 11.5 million records from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, ...
Imagine arriving at your local airport one morning for a domestic flight to a neighboring city. You approach the security checkpoint and the TSA lackey asks for your identification.
It’s not a popular thing to say, but the US is broke. Busted. Bankrupt. If Uncle Sam were a corporation, it would have been declared insolvent decades ago.
Donald Trump’s legal antics underscore something that’s very wrong with the US legal system. When he encounters someone who says or writes something he doesn’t like, or refuses to be bullied, he sues.
It’s bad enough depositing your money into a bank account and earning essentially zero interest on it, or in some countries, having a negative interest rate.
300 years before the birth of Christ, a man named Neoptolemus took what was alleged to be his ill-gotten gains and fled the city-state of Athens. The leader of Athens, Lycurgus, demanded that Neoptolemus be executed for fleeing with his wealth.
In the runup to April 15’s tax-filing deadline, the IRS has once again published a list of what it calls its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams.
Economist John Maynard Keynes is often quoted as calling it the “barbarous relic.” Soviet revolutionary Vladimir Lenin said he would build toilets out of it, as the ultimate symbol of capitalist waste.
Earlier this month, the Federal Register published its quarterly list of former US citizens and permanent residents who have “expatriated,” i.e., given up their US citizenship or permanent residence.
It’s bad enough that the US government has the authority to revoke your passport if you have a “seriously delinquent tax debt.” That little gem was buried in the 2015 Highway Funding Bill, which President Obama signed in December.