Plan B Passport founder Katie Ananina explained on “Varney & Co.” on Wednesday how her company could potentially help people avoid paying taxes on cryptocurrencies.
Plan B Passport is a business that works primarily with owners of Bitcoin to obtain legal residency status in their choice of tax-haven nations, CoinDesk reported, noting that the “open approach to tax avoidance is perfectly legal.”
The company claims to be “helping the free market evolve to make governments compete for your wealth and fruits of your labor, while incentivizing them to provide you with better services at better prices,” according to its website.
Host Stuart Varney pointed out on Wednesday that for about $200,000 Ananina will sell investors a passport to one of seven nations that do not impose capital gains taxes on cryptocurrency gains.
Ananina told Varney that in order for people to avoid paying taxes on cryptocurrencies using her company “you would have to become a non-tax resident of the country you are currently a citizen of,” which she acknowledged is “really hard” to do in the United States.
“The United States has a unique feature to its passport called ‘citizenship-based taxation,’ which means if a United States citizen resides in a foreign country, it will still be necessary to file taxes in the United States,” she explained.
Ananina clarified that whoever buys a passport from her must live in one of the seven nations or “maintain a nontax residency status” in order to “take advantage of the tax regime those nations provide.”
Ananina would not disclose how many people paid $200,000 for the passports, but told Varney, “You will be surprised how much interest there is regarding obtaining a second citizenship.”
She added that “taxation is not the only reason people relocate or obtain a second passport.”
“For many people it’s a simple plan B, a second option as a hedge against their government for other country’s citizenships,”Ananina continued. ReadMore
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