Many countries tax their citizens living abroad. The U.S., for example, generally taxes income the same regardless of where a person resides internationally. Ironically, the Diaspora who seek a revolt against the tax would probably have to pay income tax no matter the country of their citizenship.

One of the issues is Diaspora do not feel confident in where their tax dollars will be spent. They also feel that the average quality of life in Haiti does not support such a high yearly tax. What is “high?”

“10,000 gourdes or $159 annually, depending on the exchange rate — the reaction has been no less vehement. For some 2 million Haitians living abroad, who already contribute $2 billion a year in remittances, essentially doubling the country’s annual budget, the insult is clear.” – Miami Herald



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