Monday, August 12, 2013

Record Numbers Of Americans Renouncing Their Citizenship

Growing numbers of U.S. citizens living abroad are opting to renounce their U.S. citizenship...

(WSJ) The U.S.'s crackdown on global tax evaders is prompting some Americans in Asia to rethink their citizenship, attorneys there say, in part amid an increasing burden of paperwork required by U.S. tax law.

"When I became an immigration lawyer 30 years ago, people really were excited about going to America. Now, more than half of my clients are people thinking of other alternatives rather than people seeking to immigrate to America," said Eugene Chow, the principal of Chow King & Associates in Hong Kong. "My mentor, who is in his early 80s, said to me, 'You became an immigration lawyer to fulfill the American dream, and now you are helping people leave.'"

A growing number of Americans are exploring whether to renounce their U.S. citizenship or give up their green cards to avoid onerous tax obligations.

While the numbers of those renouncing their U.S. citizenship are small—more than 1,000 people in the second quarter of 2013, out of more than six million Americans estimated to be living abroad—the numbers have climbed this year, according to recently released figures.

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1 comment:

  1. Who cares? Hopefully those leaving are Democrats and liberals because they are anything but poor. The fewer of them the better and good riddance. Then maybe we can get this country back on track again. Liberals always run when taxes get to high, consider the exodus from California to Idaho and Colorado. They vote for idiots like themselves, then run.


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