The Treasury Department published the names of individuals who renounced their U.S. citizenship or terminated their long-term U.S. residency “Expatriated” during the third quarter of 2020. The latest U.S. Department of the Treasury Report reflects that a record 6,047 individuals expatriated during the first three quarters of 2020.
Why are some Americans Individuals expatriating?
- Trump Did Not Win the Election.
- The Democrat's Now Control the House & the Senate.
- Obama-Care with its associated additional 3.8% Obama Care Tax make you feel like leaving the country?
- You're so sick of liberal Democrats trying to socialize the United States by taxing wealthy people?
- Or maybe you're a naturalized U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has prospered here, but would now like to move back the old country for retirement or to start a new venture?
Whatever your motives, just because you leave the United States and renounce your citizenship, don't assume you can leave U.S. taxes (or U.S. tax forms and complexity) behind, particularly if you are financially well-off.
The graph to the left is based solely on IRS data and shows the number of published expatriates per year since 1998.
The connection between the list of expatriates and the IRS implies a link to tax policy.
The U.S. is one of a very small number of countries that tax based on nationality, not residency, leaving Americans living abroad to face double taxation.
The escalation of offshore penalties over the last 20 years is likely contributing to the increased incidence of expatriation.