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How to renounce US citizenship in Canada and other countries

The post referenced in the above tweet provides instructions for how to renounce U.S. citizenship in Canada. As Barrie McKenna of the Globe and Mail reports:



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How to come into US Tax Compliance for #Americansabroad – The book @Expatriationlaw

If you want to renounce U.S. citizenship and avoid being a “covered expatriate” you will need to certify five years of U.S. tax compliance. The link in the above tweet goes to the manual.


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Articles from John Richardson @Expatriationlaw on renouncing or relinquishing U.S. citizenship

To read the article, simply click on the link in each tweet.  You may contact John Richardson (the author of this series of articles) about relinquishing U.S. citizenship here.


Part 1 – April 1, 2015 – “Facts are stubborn things” – The results of the “Exit Tax

Part 2 – April 2, 2015 – “How could this possibly happen? “Exit Taxes” in a system of residence based taxation vs. Exit Taxes in a system of “citizenship (place of birth) taxation

Part 3 – April 3, 2015 – “The “Exit Tax” affects “covered expatriates” – what is a “covered expatriate“?”

Part 4 – April 4, 2015 – “You are a “covered expatriate” How is the “Exit Tax” actually calculated

Part 5 – April 5, 2015 – “The “Exit Tax” in action – Five actual scenarios with 5 actual completed U.S. tax returns

Part 6 – April 6, 2015 – “Surely, expatriation is NOT worse than death! The two million asset test should be raised to the Estate Tax limitation – approximately five million dollars – It’s Time

Part 7 – April 7, 2015 – “Why 2015 is a good year for many Americans abroad to relinquish U.S. citizenship – It’s the exchange rate

Part 8 – April 8, 2015 – “The U.S. “Exit Tax vs. Canada’s Departure Tax – Understanding the difference between citizenship taxation and residence taxation

Part 9 – April 9, 2015 – “For #Americansabroad: US “citizenship taxation” is “death by a thousand cuts, but the S. 877A Exit Tax is “death by the guillotine”

Part 10 – April 10, 2015 – “The S. 877A Exit Tax and possible relief under the Canada U.S. Tax Treaty

Part 11 – April 11, 2015 – “S. 2801 of the Internal Revenue Code is NOT a S. 877A “Exit Tax”, but a punishment for relinquishment

Part 12 – April 12, 2015 – “The two kinds of U.S. citizenship: Citizenship for “immigration and nationality” and citizenship for “taxation” – Are we taxed because we are citizens or are we citizens because we are taxed?”

Part 13 – April 13, 2015 – “I relinquished U.S. citizenship many years ago. Could I still have U.S. tax citizenship?

Part 14 – April 14, 2015 – “Leaving the U.S. tax system – renounce or relinquish U.S. citizenship, What’s the difference?

Huge surge of #FATCA news coming out of Canada

Lots of discussion about renouncing U.S. citizenship with hugely conflicting comments;

The negatives of U.S. citizenship:

The positives of U.S. citizenship:

What a roller coaster!




#Americansabroad in Canada eligible for Canadian citizenship should apply quickly!

Canada has a very large number of resident U.S. citizens. Some of them are Canadian citizens and some not. Those who are NOT Canadian citizens and plan to become Canadian should move quickly. It’s no secret that the attitude of the Government of Canada toward Canadian citizenship is that:

“Canadian citizenship should be harder to get and easier to lose!”

The article referenced in the above tweet is well worth the read. It includes:

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If #Americansabroad are good for America, why is US forcing Amerians to renounce?

The consequence of FATCA is that Americans abroad are either renouncing U.S. citizenship or returning to the U.S. This is NOT good for American companies in world markets. Although it makes no sense, the U.S. destruction of U.S. citizenship abroad continues.

The article includes:

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