Another Exponential Chart: Americans Who Renounce Their Citizenship

Tyler Durden's picture

The American Dream appears to be less and less appealing. Following the release of the names of individuals who renounced their US citizenship (or terminated their long-term US residency) in Q1 2014, the rate of expatriation from the USA is continuing its exponential rise...



While the catalysts are manifold, the WSJ notes that the US tax dragnet is largely responsible...

Helping boost the exodus, experts say, is a five-year-old U.S. campaign to hunt for undeclared accounts held by Americans abroad.


Since 2009, the government campaign has collected more than $6 billion in taxes, interest and penalties from more than 43,000 U.S. taxpayers. Federal prosecutors have filed more than 100 criminal indictments, including the high-profile case of Beanie Babies inventor Ty Warner, who last year pleaded guilty to tax evasion involving secret Swiss bank accounts.


The tax dragnet has also swept up many middle-income Americans living abroad, prompting some to give up their U.S. citizenship.




"The increase is due to current and future changes in tax law and enforcement," said Freddi Weintraub, a New York attorney




"We have reached the point where middle-class American citizens abroad are being forced to renounce—especially if they have assets and are moving toward retirement—because of taxes, paperwork and huge potential penalties," said John Richardson, a Toronto lawyer with dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.


As word spreads, experts said, more Americans are likely to consider surrendering their citizenship.


Unlike other developed nations, the U.S. government taxes citizens on income they earn anywhere in the world.



Source: International Tax blog

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Christophe2's picture

I renounced last year and can tell you the numbers would be far higher if it weren't for the shameless efforts of the consular staff to use any and every means to block and hinder applicants.

wakablahh's picture

Plenty of good reasons to leave... if you don't mind leaving your family/relatives/friendships behind.

Pladizow's picture

It wont always be as easy to escape the plantation!

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

I'm not going anywhere. There's no place to hide anyway.

Manthong's picture

Land of debris..

Home of the slaves.

SafelyGraze's picture

I'm sure that this trend concerns you as much as it concerns me

but one thing you can be sure of: 

I promise that I will never ever renounce *my* us citizenship

in g-d we trust,

NoDebt's picture

The US is becoming the Amityville Horror of countries to call home.  Blood dripping down the walls and the house screaming "GET OUT!" at you.  Eventually people start to take the hint.

Manthong's picture

Holy Smokes..

In God We Trust..    NOT

Look at the back of a one dollar FRB note.  (credit bill NOT money).

Hypocrisy at its greatest.

Manthong's picture

Oh, and for everybody’s information..

The “United States” of America was killed in 1913 with the travesty of the 17th Amendment.

That is how the power was taken away from the “United States” and given to the bankers and financial pirates..

If you do not know the other two things that the bankers did to us in 1913, you really need to become educated.

Manthong's picture

Obviously, there is a banker troll out there.

Come out of the closet, shithead.

This is fight club, not troll bar.

chumbawamba's picture

Some stuff to consider:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, Section 1.


"On the other hand, there is a significant historical fact in all of this.  Clearly, one of the purposes of the 13th and 14th Amendments and of the 1866 act and of section 1982 was to give the Negro citizenship..."
Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co. (1967), 379 F.2d 33, 43.

"The object of the 14th Amendment, as is well known, was to confer uponthe colored race the right of citizenship."
United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649, 692.


“We have in our political system a government of the United States and a government of each of the several States.  Each one of these governments is distinct from the others, and each has citizens of it’s own...”
United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1875)

“...he was not a citizen of the United States, he was a citizen and voter of the State,...”  “One may be a citizen of a State an yet not a citizen of the United States”.
McDonel v. The State, 90 Ind. 320 (1883)

“That there is a citizenship of the United States and citizenship of a state,...”
Tashiro v. Jordan, 201 Cal. 236 (1927)

"A citizen of the United States is a citizen of the federal government..."
Kitchens v. Steele, 112 F.Supp 38



“The governments of the United States and of each state of the several states are distinct from one another.  The rights of a citizen under one may be quite different from those which he has under the other”.
Colgate v. Harvey, 296 U.S. 404; 56 S.Ct. 252 (1935)

“There is a difference between privileges and immunities belonging to the citizens of the United States as such, and those belonging to the citizens of each state as such”.
Ruhstrat v. People, 57 N.E. 41 (1900)


"Both before and after the Fourteenth Amendment to the federal Constitution, it has not been necessary for a person to be a citizen of the United States in order to be a citizen of his state."
United States v. Cruikshank, 92 US 542, 549 (1875)


Do you know what citizenship you are "renouncing"?  If you are a citizen of the state in which you were born, and then also became a U.S. citizen, wouldn't it be better to get rid of the citizenship that binds you like chains to a slave ship, and keep the other?

What if "renouncing" your U.S. citizenship was as simple as applying for a U.S. passport?  Wait, what?

Dive into the rabbit hole, my friends.

I am Chumbawamba.

Milestones's picture

Neat read sir. By the by, In the law "passing the bar is not the railing that goes around a court room. The BAR is the  British Accreditation Registry and makes attorney's first obligation to the British, not USA courts. 

Kinda against the Constitution and the real 13th Amendment which was passed by the states in 1809 and specifically outlawed attornies from being any part of the U.S.A. government due to that foreign allegience.

I have SEEN the original 13th Amendment printed in U.S. lawbooks that were used in a court of law in this country.

The Constitutional Convention of 2016 is going to be a shotout at the O.K. corral.                Milestones

asdasmos's picture

Posted Elsewhere:


1) The taxes are not worth the value being returned.

I don't have a problem paying taxes, so long as they go to something worthwhile. I will end up paying around 33% - an entire 1/3rd of my income - in my 2013 tax return. Yes, I am getting a refund, but when I am paying tens of thousands of dollars and not getting the services I should receive for that investment in my country, celebrating the return of a few hundred dollars seems absurd.

Where is my benefit from my government for all of this? Do I have free healthcare? No. Do I have a world class education for my child? No. Do I have any kind of guaranteed income should I lose my job? No.

No, instead, I have a country which is the only one in the world to tax its overseas citizens. A country that bails out banks who prey on those who just want a home to raise a family when they become insolvent - but when it happens to me, and I short sell my home, the IRS is there, ready to tax me on "phantom income" - forgiven debt.

I have a country that spends billions on fighting wars for political gain, but does nothing when there actually is evidence of WMD use against others. A country that hemorrhages so much money on military spending, it must turn around and take loans against my child's future - her income - in order to continue to pay for programs we don't need.

2) I'm tired of people being surprised that I'm American because I have manners, common courtesy, and the ability to see the other side of issues.

Seriously, the number of people I meet who think Americans are rascal-riding land whales (like in the movie Wall-E) with handle-bar mounted machine guns, a sack of Big Macs in the front basket, a clinical addiction to NASCAR, and a passion for the modern day artist that is Jerry Springer - it's just too much. I've been introducing myself as Canadian because apparently I'm so polite, that's where they mostly assume I'm from.

3) The fact that none of this is ever going to change, regardless of what party is in charge, and the fact that the American government continues to shred the constitution a little more each year, until it doesn't even matter anymore.

You may not think of America as a police state, but it is. Nobody's going to come grab you in the middle of the night, unless you're reported as a terrorist of some kind. At that point, just forget about "police work" and get ready for the SWAT team.

Nobody is going to take your children way from you, unless Child Protective Services is called, and someone decides - for whatever reason - that it's "in the child's best interest" to be removed.

Nobody is ever going to interfere with your access to medicine, unless you're trying to get something that isn't ridiculously expensive from another country; in that case, get ready for being charged as a drug trafficker.

Nobody is going to freeze your bank accounts, passport, and other means of movement, unless the IRS believes you haven't given them enough money. Suddenly you have debt to prove isn't there, and it will all get "sorted out" at the blistering fast speed of government efficiency. Or you could just pay the amount they say and it all ends quickly.

4) The fact that the future for my child in the US is so dark.

All this debt, and it's going to fall on her and her children. She's broke, and she doesn't even know it yet. Disgusting.

Well, I count myself fortunate that I don't own a home in the US - it affords me the ability to even consider leaving it all behind. There's so much propaganda about how wonderful America is but, when you look at it without those rosy lenses on, what you really see is horrifying.



CH1's picture

I don't have a problem paying taxes...

I do! "Pay or be hurt" is immoral and criminal.

Manthong's picture


I want to junk you because you are you, but when you ore spot on I cannot compel myself to do so.

You are spot on in this.


SF beatnik's picture

Soon all of the wealthiest people, who can afford to leave, will leave.

Then I can buy one of their houses in Pacific Heights for 10 cents on the dollar. 

Manthong's picture


That will likely be true if you insure your base wealth with GGSA (gold, guns, silver and ammo).

But even though the chicks are cute and the weather is wonderful, it is still Mexi-homeless-Libfornia.

If I moved there with all of my perfectly legal stuff here, I would be a criminal.


And oh, gee..  I lived in Mountain View aways back.. you cannot trust the solid earth there, either.

Tall Tom's picture

Brush fires are more of a threat than the earthquakes. But you did not go south enough to the quiet little corner called San Diego County. It is nowhere near as Liberal as LA or SF.


As for your "toys" why in the hell would you let the Government know that you have them in the first place?


I lost everything in a Boating Accident.

I MISS KUDLOW's picture

this is ridiuculous and you'd all be begging for the us military to defend your azzes once you were invaded

angel_of_joy's picture

That's the LAST thing a sane person would do (calling air strikes on his head...)

SAT 800's picture

And you know this how ? It's all relative; but I'm preferring Uruguay, or Australia by a huge margin.

JRobby's picture

Uruguay with the oligarchs? Or is that Paraguay?

NidStyles's picture

Headed to Australia myself, eventually if my Visa ever gets finalized... At least I know those socialists are not violent empire building pricks. 

TradingTroll's picture

Australia, Indonesia's southernmost state. :)

mrpxsytin's picture

That is utterly absurd. Do some research. And come take a look to see what Australia really is. A giant country full of resources and food with only a skeleton crew working it. We are getting 20k new citizens per annum from the UK alone. 123k new citizens per annum in total. These people are all coming here to work and make a better life for their families. Maybe more Americans could do the same thing. 

TradingTroll's picture

$230k/yr for a cook down under


So how many billion Chinese and Indians would do that job for less? I'm guessing about 1bn

mrpxsytin's picture

Anyone moving to Australia, please accept my invitation to help you with local knowledge on how to settle in. I am very keen to see new people coming to tbe country, especially hardworking, free thinking Americans. I think western Australia is the place for you if you want the best chance of getting work. I have a lot of contacts in many types of business. Just send me a contact request and I'll get in touch.


Hopefully more of your countrymen will be joining you.

thethirdcoast's picture

I was in Perth and WA in August 2012 and I loved it.

I have a pretty broad background in electrical engineering/IS, but due to being underemployed I don't come off as very 'deep' in technical interviews. Still fairly young, have a lot of energy, and am still great at picking up and figuring out problems that are put in front of me.

jcpicks's picture

If you renounce, I'm sure there will be a drone lock on you...

AlaricBalth's picture

Here is a link to the names of all persons who renounced in the last quarter.

Quarterly Publication of Individuals, Who Have Chosen To Expatriate, as Required by Section 6039G

It is almost as if .gov is publishing a blacklist.


Manthong's picture

Just wait until the dweebs publish title 1234567890, section 0987654321, sub-section 1234567890, line 0987654321.

Anyone who has even thinks differently will be listed by .bigbrother.

stoneworker's picture

Wow...just wow why would you make a list like that and publish it on a government site...why not also post these people's private information from the metadata they have collected.

ajax's picture



@stoneworker: it's a matter of public information, nothing wrong with publishing that list at .gov

I noticed quite a few typically Swiss family names on the list - FATCA is ready to kick in...

Drop out's picture

Wow, the government is really good at keeping records (of us anyway).

JRobby's picture


Passport is up for renewal. Wonder if I will ever see a new one come back?


Haus-Targaryen's picture

It doesn'T prevent your re-entry into the USSA. I assume this guy has a new passport from somewhere else, so he would have to go through the process all other citizens of his new country have to go through for entry -- whatever that may be. 

tarsubil's picture

Wait, was your dad an astronaut?

firstdivision's picture

...and largest fresh water reservoir on the planet.

SAT 800's picture

You come into this alone, and you leave alone. In between a lot of pretending goes on. Be a Roman.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Let's keep our heads and short on, shall we?  There is NO fear that you'll be "leaving" any loved ones behind.  You're simply changing legal status, taxation and where you'll spend most of your time each year.  You can still come back and visits -- months at a time, if you wish.  Same as anyone else from the rest of the planet.

But let's be brutally honest about something else, shall we?  Those who have "No Assets or Skills of Consequence" are not relevant to this issue/topic, no matter how sympathetic one might be to their lot.  Those who do, are.  Learn to recognize both sets from their comments.

debunkit's picture

Have you entered the US since? Curious to know how you'll be treated by USCIS.

Christophe2's picture

I am boycotting all Zionist/NATO countries' economies, as much as I can, so I am certainly not about to go spend vacation dollars in the US.  In fact, just being a truther, I know I am considered a 'terrorist' and 'enemy combatant' by the criminal cabal, so just from that I am reasonably scared of going back to the US.

FWIW, it was not until I started threatening the shameless US consular staff with going to the (alternative) media with the story of my blocked renunciation that they finally let me finish the process - it was *that* bad.

A friend of mine who is trying to renounce let herself get mindfucked by them, which cost her 450$ and lots of wasted time: the game they play is to first push all your emotional patriotic buttons, then they determine that you are 'not sure enough' and use that as an excuse to refuse the renunciation in spite of explicit statements to the contrary...

The US consular staff is extremely manipulative and totally shameless, and their behavior during the renunciation process (which cost me 450$!!!) was so bad it only reinforced why I never want to have anything to do with the US, ever again.

As a very accomplished software developer who worked in many startups in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, I am part of the brain drain leaving the US: all the smartest people out there have woken up and have started adapting to the realization that the West is the evil empire of lies and abuse.  Sayonara, America!

Bemused Observer's picture

"use that as an excuse to refuse the renunciation"!?

You can't refuse to be renounced, and you can't refuse to allow someone to renounce you. I really don't give a shit WHAT any "law" says...the only response to someone refusing to allow you to renounce them is to inform them that it was NOT a request, and does NOT require their 'approval'!!!

"I'm not ASKING you, pal. I'm TELLING you..."

Christophe2's picture

"When faced with a potential renunciant, a consular officer must make a judgment whether the individual fully understands what he or she is seeking to do" ... "You must also assess whether the person is acting of his or her own free will, without undue influence from others and without reservation."

It is absolutely shocking that they give themselves the right to make an on-the-spot psychiatric evaluation, including the right to basically then render anyone 'mentally unfit' (although they will keep your 450$ to pay for this 'service').

America made me despise government, like no other place I've known.

August's picture

>>>The US consular staff is extremely manipulative and totally shameless...

From what I hear, this varies A LOT from consulate to consulate. 

I'll be happy if the Auckland consulate just doesn't waste an hour of my time processing me through their security check-point.  The USA is so beloved abroad that it seems that a hell of a lot of people want to attack their diplomatic facilities.

Christophe2's picture

The funny thing about the consulate in Montreal was that at the entrance (right before the security checkpoint), they had a big official sign saying how they are 'not responsible for lost or stolen items'.

I guess that wasn't enough of a warning, so a hand-written note was added underneath that said something like how bitching about getting robbed by the staff was not going to be allowed either.  Welcome to Amerika!

In any case, seeing how criminal America doesn't like looking bad, and hates even more to be losing tax slaves, I am sure all the consular staff are under lots of pressure to 'reduce' renunciations.  I highly doubt the other locations are acting any different.