Expatriation


Avoid Bern

A report from the front: Dear Phil: I have been living in Switzerland for the last 20 years; and after much self-deliberation, I finally decided to return my US passport.  It is now impossible to have the necessary bank accounts for daily living here as a result of the FATCA legislation. I tried to obtain […]

Renunciation Report from Halifax, NS – one appointment only

One of my correspondents renounced his U.S. citizenship in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Here is an excerpt from his email to me: For your data gathering: I sent, as requested, scans of all our documents and forms to the Halifax consulate on 10-30 (Oct 30) and requested appointments for my wife and myself to renounce. They […]

What to do if you want to expatriate in 2014

Hello from The Coffee Fox in Savannah, Georgia. If you like Horchata (and I certainly do) then I suggest you order a Horchata Latte, then sit outside and watch the people pass by on Broughton Street. When this goes out to you on Tuesday I will be standing on a dock somewhere on Saint Simons Island, waiting for a boat to Little St. Simons Island.

The year is almost over. If you want to expatriate in 2014, you will need to move fast. I have been having many conversations with people who want to renounce citizenship or cancel their green cards—I probably met twenty or so in Dubai or Riyadh when I was there two weeks ago.

[Expatriation] Teenage Expatriation; It’s Difficult

You should subscribe to the Expatriation Only email list. You’ll get a weekly email that usually answers someone’s question about expatriation. The subject is always expatriation. This is the email that went out earlier today. Hi from Phil Hodgen. You signed up for my “Expatriation Only” email list–every Tuesday you will get an email every […]

There is no DIY green card abandonment

We get questions. Some of them are answered on the weekly Expatriation Only email list (subscribe!). Here the email that went out earlier today. Hi from Phil Hodgen. You signed up for my “Expatriation Only” email list–every Tuesday you will get an email every week with a real question from a list subscriber and a […]

Your expatriation tax return when U.S. income is zero

We get questions. Some of them are answered on the weekly Expatriation Only email list (subscribe!). Here the email that went out on Tuesday. And a special thanks to reader R. W. who reminded me to get the email posted here on the blog. Hi from Phil Hodgen. You signed up for my “Expatriation Only” […]

Section 6039G and the quarterly list of expatriates

A recent comment asked a question that is worth answering here as a full blog post.  In the comment, the reader said: You mention that “6039G is the infamous rule that triggers the quarterly publication of names of people who renounce U.S. citizenship”. Aha! So the numbers that are oft-mentioned, such as 1,001 in 2014 […]

Valuation date for expatriate’s balance sheet

The Internal Revenue Code contains unnecessary complexity, which — if you are not careful — can trip you up. Here is one such item, triggered by an email from reader G.  My “off the cuff” answer to him was wrong.  Here is the right answer. The moral of this story is: always look at the […]

Renunciation Interviews Not So Intense

The State Department justifies the new $2,350 user fee for renunciation by saying “Hey, it’s a lotta work. It’s intense. You have to pay me more.” Here is a recent email I received from someone who just went through the process in London. This person was underwhelmed by the State Department’s “intense” interviews: I had […]

Toronto Consulate Wait Times Have Ballooned

An email from Tim S. alerted me to an interesting article by Patrick Cain about getting the difficulty of getting an appointment for expatriation in Canada.  Patrick reports that wait times at the Toronto consulate have ballooned.  Here we are in August, 2014.  The earliest date that can be booked in Toronto is January 22, […]