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September 1, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

The Expatriation Chronicles of an Accidental American, Episode 5

Note from Phil: this is the fifth episode of The Expatriation Chronicles, in which we follow the renunciation process from start to finish with a 17-year old Irish girl who is an Accidental American.

  • Episode 1 (Phil’s introduction)
  • Episode 2 (A’s introduction – why she wants to renounce her U.S. citizenship)
  • Episode 3 (What to do when you don’t have a Social Security Number)
  • Episode 4 (When can a minor renounce U.S. citizenship?)

Back story

A is busily marching towards renouncing her U.S. citizenship. In order to renounce U.S. citizenship, you need to neutralize:

    • The Nationality Borg (aka the State Department); and
  • The Money Borg (aka the Internal Revenue Service).
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August 27, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

The Expatriation Chronicles of an Accidental American, Episode 4

Note from Phil:  this is the fourth episode of The Expatriation Chronicles, in which we follow the renunciation process from start to finish with a 17-year old Irish girl who is an Accidental American.

  • Episode 1 (Phil’s introduction)
  • Episode 2 (A’s introduction – why she wants to renounce her U.S. citizenship)
  • Episode 3 (What to do when you don’t have a Social Security Number)

Our Accidental American discovered that she has a Social Security Number (see Episode 2). She does not need to go through the process of applying for a Social Security Number to comply with the tax filing requirements.... continue reading

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August 25, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

The Expatriation Chronicles of an Accidental American, Episode 3

Note from Phil:  this is the third episode of The Expatriation Chronicles, in which we follow the renunciation process from start to finish with a 17-year old Irish girl who is an Accidental American.

  • Episode 1 (Phil’s introduction)
  • Episode 2 (A’s introduction – why she wants to renounce her U.S. citizenship)

This episode went out on my biweekly Expatriation Only email letter, which you should sign up for, if you have not done so already.


Hi from Phil. This is the biweekly Expatriation Only newsletter you signed up for. If you want to unsubscribe, click on the link at the bottom of this email.... continue reading

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August 24, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

The Expatriation Chronicles of an Accidental American, Episode 2

Note from Phil:  this blog post was written by A, who is renouncing her U.S. citizenship.  She kindly agreed to period updates of her progress through the system as she deals with the various bits and pieces of work that will be needed to renounce her U.S. citizenship.

It is part of a continuing series:


A Personal Journey of a 17 Year Old Irish Teenager to Renounce US Citizenship

The Person behind the process

When did I actually start this journey? I was born in America 17 years ago to an Irish dad and German mum. My dad was working by invitation for 6 years in various places in the States, while my mum was merrily redistributing his earnings among various shops, a very enjoyable task in which she was later joined by myself and also three years later by my now 14 year old brother.... continue reading

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August 22, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

The Expatriation Chronicles of an Accidental American, Episode 1

Wherein we start a long journey

We are kicking off a new series of blog posts. It is likely to run intermittently for more than a year, and I think it will be useful for you to watch. I will be writing some, and others in the series will be guest posts from our protagonist.

“What is your Quest?”

(Warning: YouTube).

I just had to throw that in, because I like Monty Python and I used the word “protagonist” in a sentence. Which made me think of the word “quest”. Which reminded me of Monty Python. I have a busy brain.... continue reading

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