Eduardo’s Choice

EITHER pay the U.S. government taxes on the $3 billion he’ll have after Facebook’s IPO on Friday and continue to be allowed in the U.S. … OR pocket that money (which is tens-to-hundreds of millions of dollars), renounce his citizenship, move to Singapore, and be barred from the U.S. forever.

(Eduardo Saverin went with option two, which, okay. Hundreds of millions in taxes is a lot, yes. But you know what else is a lot? THREE BILLION DOLLARS. I personally like to retain flexibility, so I’d pay the taxes just to keep my options open. What if in twenty years I got sick of having posh apartments in every beautiful place ever and decided I really just wanted to settle down in a little house in Virginia? Exactly. Options. Mike Dang would obviously pay the taxes because of Ethics and Morals and Obligations. WWYD?)

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Fig. 1 (#632)

I would take the money and run, but I’m not a US resident in the first place…

Also I think when it comes to WWMDD, he would move out of the country but give half of the money to his parents.

moreteawesley (#545)

I’d pay the taxes. Yeah, it’s a ton of money, but you are talking about a chunk of change out of THREE BILLION DOLLARS. It’s not like you’d be left destitute; you’d still be rolling in more money than you could possibly know what to do with.

I would pay them. It’s the right thing to do, you’ll still have a ton of money, and the government could really use it. People don’t pay enough in taxes in this country and that’s why all our social services get cut. The tax rate has consistently declined over the last century and that’s why the government can’t afford to help people anymore and there is greater wealth disparity than ever before. No one person actually NEEDS billions of dollars. He probably couldn’t spend that money in his lifetime if he tried. Tens of millions of dollars is nothing compared to the billions he will still have. Plus, my family is here, and I’d miss them.

Ugh, I am so sick of rich people. Do any of them pay taxes? Even Warren Buffett is apparently tax-dodging scum, and I’d thought he was part of the solution rather than the problem.

On the plus side, we won’t have to worry about running into him on the street and having to look at his dumb face.

Megano! (#124)

Singapore will probably be nicer and more futuristic in 20 years anyway.

jacqueline (#653)

If it were Andrew Garfield moving to Singapore instead of Eduardo Saverin, I would pack up and go with him. <3 u, Andrew Garfield

chic noir (#713)

I would pay the taxes.

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