Foreign Accounts No Shelter;
Tax Evasion Now Requires Permission Slip
May apply to non cash holdings (e.g. gold)
30% Deducted Or Your Foreign Bank Account Will Be Closed

...unless of course
your assets total less than 50,000,
or you are deemed a 'low tax risk' for whatever reason.

Excerpts reposted from the article after this uncanny video from the 1980s, which foresaw capital controls and illustrates the situation quite nicely:

and now for the feature presentation, from a piece in Zerohedge by Tyler Durden:

It's Official - America Now Enforces Capital Controls

It couldn't have happened to a nicer country. On March 18, with very little pomp and circumstance, president Obama passed the most recent stimulus act, the $17.5 billion Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (H.R. 2487), brilliantly goalseeked by the administration's millionaire cronies to abbreviate as HIRE. As it was merely the latest in an endless stream of acts destined to expand the government payroll to infinity, nobody cared about it, or actually read it. Because if anyone had read it, the act would have been known as the Capital Controls Act, as one of the lesser, but infinitely more important provisions on page 27, known asOffset Provisions - Subtitle A—Foreign Account Tax Compliance, institutes just that. In brief, the Provision requires that foreign banks not only withhold 30% of all outgoing capital flows (likely remitting the collection promptly back to the US Treasury) but also disclose the full details of non-exempt account-holders to the US and the IRS. And should this provision be deemed illegal by a given foreign nation's domestic laws (think Switzerland), well the foreign financial institution is required to close the account. It's the law. If you thought you could move your capital to the non-sequestration safety of non-US financial institutions, sorry you lose - the law now says so. Capital Controls are now here and are now fully enforced by the law.


The only exemption to the rule? If you hold the meager sum of $50,000 or less in foreign accounts.

‘‘(B) EXCEPTION FOR CERTAIN ACCOUNTS HELD BY INDIVIDUALS.—Unless the foreign financial institution elects to not have this subparagraph apply, such term shall not include any depository account maintained by such financial institution if—
‘‘(i) each holder of such account is a natural person,and
‘‘(ii) with respect to each holder of such account, the aggregate value of all depository accounts held (in whole or in part) by such holder and maintained by the same financial institution which maintains such account does not exceed $50,000.


But guess what - if you are a foreign Central Bank, or if the Secretary determined that you are "a low risk for tax evasion" (unlike the Secretary himself) you still can do whatever the hell you want:

‘‘(f) EXCEPTION FOR CERTAIN PAYMENTS.—Subsection (a) shall not apply to any payment to the extent that the beneficial owner
of such payment is—
‘‘(1) any foreign government, any political subdivision of a foreign government, or any wholly owned agency or instrumentality of any one or more of the foregoing,
‘‘(2) any international organization or any wholly owned agency or instrumentality thereof,
‘‘(3) any foreign central bank of issue, or
‘‘(4) any other class of persons identified by the Secretary for purposes of this subsection as posing a low risk of tax evasion.

One thing we are confused about is whether this law is a preamble, or already incorporates, the flow of non-cash assets, such as commodities, and, thus, gold. the noose on capital mobility tightens... which will culminate with every single free dollar required to be reinvested into the US, likely in the form of purchasing US Treasury emissions such as Treasuries, TIPS and other worthless pieces of paper....

Go to Zerohedge for more details. Hats off & ninety three to a fine fine interweb publication. The comments are always worth the price of admission: thanks to MarketTruth for bringing 'Rollover' to my attention. I believe it isn't so much clairvoyance as perspicuity that fuels astonishing feats of fictional prognostication such as 'Rollover' and that nine-eleven 'Lone Gunman' episode: after all Kissinger led the Committee to Combat Terrorism in I believe 1972, established by Nixon, which featured planes being used as missiles... attended by Giuliani, and I read somewhere, Cheney and Rumsfeld as well (heres another rummy link), though I can't find that source now, only implications. May have been Kupperman. If anyone has any info on this, please drop me a line...

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