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It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book...it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can't put it down! It's a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That's the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei's latest film is The Blue Mansion - Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It's quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Reward for information regarding Seth Rich

One America News Network (OAN) is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in former DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder case.

The Herring Networks, Inc. media company OAN joins a number of individuals and groups that are willing to pay for information that solves the July 10, 2016, killing of Mr. Rich. The election-season murder continues to spark conspiracy theories based on the suggestion that Mr. Rich provided DNC data to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

“One America News believes solving this case — and bringing Rich’s murderer to justice — is essential to exposing the truth for the American people,” OAN’s Greta Wall reported Monday. “We are offering a $100,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in the case. If you have any information, please email us at tips@oann.com.”

Others offering rewards include the Washington, D.C. Police Department ($25,000); WikiLeaks ($20,000); and Republican strategist Jack Burkman ($130,000).

Double taxation for Americans working abroad, no taxation for U.S. business abroad

Eritrea is one of only two countries in the world that applies citizenship-based taxation in addition to residence-based taxation.

The other? The United States of America.

In fact, the US is the ONLY industrialized country in the world to impose taxation on the basis of citizenship—even if the American is working overseas.

The immediate result for Americans employed overseas is a nightmare of confusing and complex filing and reporting requirements. When I worked abroad, my U.S. tax return could easily come to fifty pages—requiring the expense of a paid tax accountant to do the job.

Consequently, a business must offer a higher gross pay an American working overseas than to a non-American. Unfortunately for Americans, not all companies are going to offer an American a higher salary over and equally qualified non-American.

In fact, over a 20 year period, the number of Americans employed by foreign subsidiaries of US firms fell by a staggering 50%—even as those firms continued to expand their overseas hiring.

In addition, the complex U.S. reporting requirements for the income of American workers abroad, and their bank accounts, are so onerous on businesses that some companies have ceased hiring Americans altogether. Many foreign banks now refuse to open accounts for Americans due to the burdensome U.S. reporting requirements.

The US should change America’s tax system from a system based on citizenship to a territorial system based on the American individual’s country of residence. This would level the playing field for Americans working abroad. It would also make it make it less costly for companies operating abroad to hire American workers and stop the outsourcing of jobs to foreign nationals.

An American seeking employment abroad must now consider both how the foreign country and the US government will tax earnings. Many Americans working abroad are subject to double taxation and must pay income taxes to the country in which they reside, in addition to US income, taxes. While some countries do have tax treaties with the United States that limit this burden, most do not.

A non-American worker, on the other hand, has no such concerns.

The U.S. argues that Americans working abroad are important source of tax revenue.

However, under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the U.S. bestows lavish tax and other benefits on U.S. businesses willing to transfer their operations to a foreign country (while firing their American workers back home). An investigation by the U.S. government has uncovered a sophisticated scheme by Apple involving the creation of an international web of subsidiaries to avoid taxes. Thanks to its foreign subsidiaries, Apple has paid no tax, zero, nada, on $74bn profits.

The American working abroad has none of these benefits.

The WTO’s benefits include the U.S. financing (for free) of all foreign capital expenses for the business. In addition, under the WTO, the U.S. provides a free financial guarantee to the company against losses.

Finally, thanks to the WTO, the U.S. does not tax the revenues of U.S. companies abroad, so long as the company does not repatriate their tax-free profits back to the U.S. This keeps profits overseas where they can be invested instead of bringing them back to create jobs in the U.S.

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