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Ma promises to resign if subject to taxes in States

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- If President Ma Ying-jeou is indeed subject to U.S. taxes, he will take political responsibility by resigning, the Presidential Office said yesterday.

Next Magazine yesterday released a report claiming that the president has to pay taxes to the U.S. under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), saying that Ma is poised to turn himself into an “international laughingstock” by becoming the first R.O.C. president subject to U.S. taxes.

That the president of Taiwan has to pay taxes to the U.S. is an unacceptable shame to this nation, and more importantly, Ma has been dishonest, making all sorts of excuses to evade the fact that he became head of state while holding a valid Green Card, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang said in response to the Next Magazine report. “If Ma has a sense of shame and responsibility, he ought to step down immediately.”

Former DPP Chairmen Frank Hsieh and Yu Shyi-kun made similar remarks while speaking to the press.

The Presidential Office would like Su, Hsieh and Yu to promise that they will apologize to the nation for their unfounded remarks, Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li said.

Next Magazine, IRS Beijing

A Next Magazine reporter apparently sent an email to IRS Beijing, claiming to be a Green Card holder named “Mark Y. J. Ma” born on July 12, 1950, and asked whether or not he — “Mark Y. J. Ma” — is subject to tax payments under FATCA.

The magazine explained that the inquiry was explicitly written using the president's Green Card details.

IRS Beijing reportedly responded by saying that even if a person's Green Card expires, “it doesn't necessarily mean that (the person is) no longer (a) U.S. resident for tax purposes” and that the person “is required to report and pay (U.S.) tax on (his or her) worldwide income regardless of where (he or she) lives,” unless that person has voluntarily renounced his or her Green Card status “in writing” to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or if that status has been “administratively terminated” or “judicially terminated” by the USCIS or a U.S. federal court.

Response to Report, 'IRS Reply'

According to sources, the president applied for a Green Card under the name “Ying-jeou Ma” as opposed to “Mark Y. J. Ma.”

Furthermore, the president was born on July 13, 1950, not July 12, 1950.

Experts said that legal action can be taken against the reporter for attempting to impersonate the head of state.

Sources said that IRS Beijing wrote a “general response” as opposed to a specific response to “Mark Y. J. Ma,” judging from the content of the reply.

May 15, 2014    billparkhurst@
Ma needs to open discussion for energy ...more important than papers
May 15, 2014    jjwang009928@
Well, it seems a scheme made out by DPP in order to slap President's face. Dirty game!
May 15, 2014    kingsolomon@
Elections are very near and the opposition is starting its character assassination and smear campaign to win it. By hook or by crook the DPP will pull all the stops to win this time because they have to release their convicted colleagues from jail. Why don't they present an election platform to convince the electorate that they deserve to be elected instead of the same dirty tricks that they've been doing since time immemorial? Why can't the DPP learn to be more constructive instead of being destructive? When will they grow up?
May 15, 2014    kingarthur@
@kingsolomon:
BOOOORIIING !!!!
May 15, 2014    boogurtwang@
I did not know the DPP also published "NEXT" magazine.
May 16, 2014    carltanong@
Chen Shui Bian was corrupt and a traitor. Pardoning him will be shameless,” an “international laughingstock” and a “liar” for our government justice system and affect all the law abiding citizens' integrity in our society.

REMEMBER.
_CSB was a former president, a crook and a traitor.
May 16, 2014    carltabunong@
carltanong, you bore people to death...
May 19, 2014    fromgod@
Carl,
Goodness man, take a pill and try to relax. Your pointless ranting about any corrupt or whatever leader who's already rotting in jail is painstakingly outdated. Get a life, please!
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