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September 14, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

This Week: Planning for the Exit

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This Week: Planning For the Exit

This week’s topic was triggered by an email from reader J., received a few weeks ago. She wanted to know how a 20+ year green card holder should plan for giving up permanent resident visa status and leaving the United States.

Here is a high-level view of our S.O.P. for helping people exit the United States. Bear in mind that each situation is slightly different, so just treat this as a high-level map of the terrain.... continue reading

August 16, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

Installment Agreements and Covered Expatriate Status

Hello again from Phil Hodgen. This is the biweekly Expatriation newsletter, in which we talk about the U.S. tax ramifications of giving up U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status.

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The Certification Test and Installment Agreements

This newsletter is about the certification test.... continue reading

August 2, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

What is a “Significant” Change in Net Worth?

Hello again from Phil Hodgen. This is the biweekly Expatriation Only newsletter, which is all about . . . expatriation!

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This week: what is a “significant change”?

This week’s question is from reader V, who emailed me and asked about reporting significant changes in net worth for Form 8854 purposes. Edited heavily to obscure personal facts:

Thanks, once again, for your incredibly useful thoughts.

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July 22, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

Former green card holder returning to the United States as a visitor

If you sign up for one of my email newsletters, you will get a bot-response from me, thanking you for signing up.  But if you ask a question, the response is remarkably lifelike, because I actually write the answer.  🙂

Today reader S.J. signed up and here is what he wanted to know.  I have edited his comments slightly for formatting and clarity, but mostly to hide identifying information.

1 – What’s the single most important question you have about international tax?

I abandoned my LPR green card in ______, 2015 (delivered my Green Card with Form I-407 to the US embassy) and was given a visitor visa.

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Expatriation Nonresidents with US Activities
July 19, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

Closure After Expatriation

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Closure After Expatriation

This week is an answer to an email I received from a reader. It asks about what happens after you file that final income tax return.

It is a fairly common question, and there is a short, but unsatisfactory (to those of us who are a teensy bit OCD) answer.

I would like to thank you for the wealth of information you have shared in your expatriation blog. It has certainly helped me greatly in trying to work my way through the entire process.

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