Reaching the opportunities that lie beyond the borders of your home country is seldom simple, but it can be worth the effort. In fact, moving at least part of your financial life away from your home government and its eagerness to share in what you’re accumulating is one of the most liberating steps you’ll ever take.
Depending on what you do for a living, you may be able to take your personal earning power to friendlier shores, along with the earning power of your nest egg. This can mean a dramatically improved lifestyle, since less of your income – from running a business, for instance – is lost to taxing authorities and more is left for you to spend or save as you please.
High earners in Canada, Europe, and parts of Asia face tax rates of 50% or even 60%. By moving to a jurisdiction with a lower tax rate – say, 10% – they could rescue a big chunk of income from the tax collector. For a $250,000 earner, that drop in tax rates would free up an additional $100,000 annually. That’s an 80% increase in after-tax income.
For most residents of the modern world, making such a jump is possible only if it won’t interfere with earning the income they are trying to protect. That’s why so many of the people who’ve made their way to far-flung destinations to lessen their tax burden (and enjoy a more pleasant life) are investors or individuals who work in do-it-anywhere fields such as software development, investment management, and Internet-based businesses.
For some, it’s as straightforward as hopping on a plane and working from where the plane lands. But not if you’re an American.
American (Tax) Exceptionalism
U.S. citizens and permanent residents have only limited opportunities for fleeing the tax collector. Their homeland is the only one in the world – besides the tiny, impoverished African country of Eritrea – that taxes its nonresident citizens on their income, regardless of where they earn it.
For this reason, an American who moves to a zero-tax jurisdiction like the Bahamas, for example, still pays a U.S. tax bill. A Canadian expat working in the Bahamas would have no income tax bill at all.
Enforcement activity makes the burden even worse. The U.S. government puts immense pressure on foreign banks and their governments to help ensure that no dollar of any American’s income escapes the notice of the IRS. To avoid the cost of demonstrating detailed compliance with the regulations forced on any bank that wants access to U.S. financial markets, most foreign banks simply show U.S. citizens the “unwelcome mat.”
Americans are in the uniquely unfavorable position of living under the world’s most sweeping tax regime and suffering a government that can effectively enforce that regime anywhere in the world. For many, U.S. tax rules are a tight and choking leash. It’s no wonder that record numbers of Americans are giving up their citizenship to seek freedom elsewhere.
But breaking the tax leash by renouncing U.S. citizenship is a big step, and it can carry a high price. You may have to pay a hefty “exit tax” on the way out the door. And you can’t be sure that renunciation won’t make visiting the U.S. difficult, which rules it out for most people with friends or extensive family in the States.
The Florida Option
For years, individual U.S. states have exploited tax fatigue to attract those looking to save a few dollars by moving to a place that doesn’t treat them like a milk cow. The offer is simple: at no more than modest cost or inconvenience, you can move to our state and protect up to 10% or more of your income from the tax collector. The income-tax-free states of Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming all make that offer. Nevada has drawn thousands of Californians to Incline Village, Nevada’s interstate tax haven on Lake Tahoe.
Even more conspicuous is Florida, with zero state income tax plus property tax rates that decline with the age of the owner. For decades, it has attracted wealthy retirees who grew their nest eggs in New York, New Jersey, or other high-tax states and want to enjoy their money in a sunnier climate.
Florida presented what was until recently the best balance of lower taxes and a tropical lifestyle available to Americans who didn’t want to give up their citizenship.
But your alternatives just got better. There is a new option that out-Floridas Florida, and by a big margin.
More than the “Better Florida”
It’s an upside-down situation. Being liable for tax on their worldwide income, Americans are effectively barred from accepting any low-tax offer made by an independent foreign country…but they’re free to accept any low-tax offer made by U.S. jurisdictions.
There is a U.S. jurisdiction that has an advantage few competitors can hope to match.
Specifically, those who qualify are eligible for:
- Zero tax rate on capital gains and certain interest and dividends earned by individuals, and
- Single-digit tax rates on qualifying service income earned by corporations operating in the jurisdiction.
It’s pretty much the only place in the world where Americans can obtain such tax benefits without renouncing their citizenship.
When we learned of this new option, we were excited but skeptical. It sounded just too good to be true…or one of those things whose complexity requires paying an army of lawyers. However, our investigation found that the tax advantages of this program are real and that for many Americans, including individuals operating on a modest scale, they are a huge opportunity.
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