Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Court Rules U.S. Antarctic Workers Still Have to Pay Taxes

Apparently some people who worked down in Antarctica decided that there wages should not be taxed by the U.S. government since they were living and working in Antarctica. They think they are eligible for the tax exemption U.S. citizens get when living in another country for at least 330 days of a year. Well, two things are very wrong with this idea. First off, Antarctica is not a country, so technically you are on a international territory just like international waters. Secondly, you are not paying taxes to an Antarctic government because of the fact that it is not a country and has no government. I think it is absurd that they even thought that they could get away with paying absolutely no taxes, especially when if I am not mistaken at least some of our tax money goes to the National Science Foundation that allows them to be working down there even if they are being employed by Raytheon. The fact is without the scientific work being done by the National Science Foundation the Raytheon support staff would not be needed. I totally get them saying that they were not living in the United States for the tax year, but the thing is that the tax exemption law is meant to give U.S. citizens living in a foreign country and paying taxes to the country a break from paying two countries taxes on the same money. Here is the article from where I heard about this.

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