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Accordingly, for the reasons stated in Arnett I, Arnett II,
and herein, we conclude that petitioner cannot exclude from gross
income wages earned during 2002 from working in Antarctica.
To reflect the foregoing,
An appropriate order and
decision will be entered.
citation of sec. 863(d) suggesting that sec. 863(d) provided an
additional reason to rule against the taxpayer. Id. at 96 (“See
also sec. 863(d) (providing that income earned in Antarctica by a
U.S. person is sourced in the United States).”). In Arnett v.
Commissioner, 473 F.3d at 797, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Seventh Circuit addressed sec. 863(d) in greater detail, stating:
At the outset, we think that it is important to
note that considering Antarctica not to be a “foreign
country” is compatible with the general statutory
scheme. Notably, section 911 is found under subtitle
A, chapter 1, subchapter N of the IRC, which is
designated “Tax Based on Income from Sources Within or
Without the United States.” Part I of this subchapter,
entitled “Source Rules and Other General Rules Relating
to Foreign Income,” deems any activity in Antarctica to
be “space or ocean activity.” In turn, the United
States is designated the source country of income from
such activity when earned by a citizen of the United
States. 26 U.S.C. § 863(d). Although this provision
does not provide a definitive answer as to whether
Antarctica is a “foreign country,” it supports the
conclusion that section 911 is not intended to apply to
income earned for services provided in Antarctica.
We take this opportunity to state our agreement with the Court of
Appeals’ conclusion set forth above. See also HCSC-Laundry v.
United States, 450 U.S. 1, 6 (1981).
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