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  1. Phil,

    I am going to recommend you check out the blog Eido Inoue a US born recently naturalized solely Japanese citizen. He is an occasional commenter on IBS and perhaps has one of the most interesting life stories especially for the perspective of someone like yourself who is a bit of an asia and techno phile.!/

    He actually had a pretty poor experience relinquishing at the Tokyo Embassy until he got in touch with the chief consular office who like him originally came to Japan on the JET program. One his recommendation which I am interested as to whether you would comment on is that the easiest place in the world if you need to renounce US citizenship quickly is the American Institute in Taiwan which lacks the formality and red tape of a regular US embassy.

  2. Welcome to IRC Land, where up is down, light is dark, and your term is defined in an unrelated section. Working here requires constant battle with the IRC just to stay current. Good luck!

  3. In a country such as Canada with a residency based tax system(but with an exit tax) expatriation is a valid term referring to the ceasing of ones residency in Canada and moving to another country.

  4. Oops…forgive the spelling again flaunted or flauted. Throw not through.

    I typing faster than I can spell or spell check.

  5. This whole debate with US citizenship-based taxation and FATCA has gone through the 5 stages of loss (loss of financial freedom and otherwise)

    Denial has happened – The US government can’t do this, it breaks foreign laws.

    Bargaining – OK we’ll send the ACA and others to Washington start talking about this.

    Anger – just go on the blogs it’s apparent

    Depression – well of sorts, people gutting themselves by renouncing and its implications.

    Acceptance – AH…now for me this is the real interesting one. This is also going to be the toughest. Will the world final settle on acceptance?

    In my opinion even if the US can push through its agenda, acceptance is going to be a long drawn out process if it can ever really get there.

    There all sorts of bad laws that never went into the acceptance category and ultimately marginalised, flauted, and repealed. Examples include Prohibition, the UK’s Poll Tax, and I would through in the US’s War on Drugs. Never really accepted but regularly ignored and flauted despited harsh prison terms.

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