"A Spanish woman recently registered a claim of legal ownership of the sun and now is seeking to tax the entire global population and use the revenue to help Spain, according to media reports.
Angeles Duran of Salvaterra do Miño, Galicia, in northwestern Spain, reportedly registered her claim on the sun with a Galician lawyer in September after reading about Dennis Hope, a U.S. citizen who registered ownership of the moon in 1980. She said she decided to make her move on the sun because of its tax potential (although Hope has made millions of dollars selling real estate on the moon, according to a November 29 report on escapistmagazine.com).
"There was no snag. I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid. I know the law. Anyone else could have done it; it simply occurred to me first," she was quoted as saying in a November 29 El Mundo report.
Duran is basing her claim on a loophole in international law governing extraterrestrial real estate. "There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals," she was quoted as saying in a November 29 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. This was the same loophole used by Hope, "who proclaimed himself the owner of all planets and the moon, but not the sun," she said.
The agreement Duran is citing is the 1967 U.N. Outer Space Treaty, which states that space is the "province of all mankind" and that no government can claim sovereignty anywhere in space. The treaty was signed by 98 countries, including all of those that had space programs at the time.
Twelve years later, the U.N. took aim at individuals who were trying to exploit the loophole by finalizing the Moon Treaty, which went into effect in 1984, prohibiting private ownership of extraterrestrial real estate, according to a November 28 report on geekosystem.com.
However, the Moon Treaty reportedly has been ratified by only 13 countries, none of which has a space program, and Spain is not among them.
The deed Duran received from the Galician lawyer -- which was legally notarized by a Galician notary public -- reportedly states that Duran is "owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000 kilometres."
Duran's plan is to use sun tax revenue to help Spain, the needy, and herself. "It is time to start doing things the right way. If there is an idea for how to generate income and improve the economy and people's well-being, why not do it?" she said in the AFP report.
Specifically, she plans to allocate 50 percent of the tax revenue to Madrid; 20 percent to the Spanish pension fund; 10 percent to research; 10 percent to "ending world hunger;" and 10 percent to herself, according to media reports.
It is not clear how she intends to assess and collect the tax, or whether she will have to pay property tax on the sun. Not surprisingly, neither the U.N. nor any individual country recognizes her (or any other extraterrestrial) claim. "
Fuente: Tax Analysts