The new Quarterly Publication of Individuals, Who Have Chosen to Expatriate, As Required By Section 6039G was released today, two days later than required by law. It contains the names of 238 former U.S. citizens and long-term non-citizen residents, far lower than 403 for the same quarter last year, but back up from 189 in the second quarter of 2012.
The completeness of this list is in doubt, given that South Korea alone reported 2,158 people returning to South Korea and giving up U.S. passports or green cards in 2011, against only 1,781 people of all nationalities reported by the Federal Register in the same period. Peter Dunn’s name has finally been published, more than half a year after he received his CLN and almost two years after he first committed a relinquishing act (acquiring Canadian citizenship with the intent of losing U.S. citizenship) in February 2011. Other names of people known to have given up U.S. citizenship during that time are not present, such as:
- Belizean anti-crime activist Yolanda Schakron (Wikipedia);
- Jamaica’s ex-Customs Commissioner Danville Walker (Wikipedia);
- Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Kuczynski (Wikipedia; article about renunciation);
- Republic of Korea Air Force Lt. Noh Woo-song (previously discussed on Isaac Brock);
- Belgian citizen Genette Eysselinck (interviewed by Atossa Abrahamian back in April).
Many renunciants from earlier years have also not had their names included in the Federal Register, among them Korean actress Han Ye-seul (Wikipedia), Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan (Wikipedia), Jamaican politician Daryl Vaz (Wikipedia), Japanese ice dancer Cathy Reed (Wikipedia), Taiwan environmental activist Robin Winkler (Wikipedia), and poker player Adam Bilzerian (previously discussed on Isaac Brock).
Update: Another oddity in this month’s list is the dearth of Hong Kong names. Unlike past lists which regularly featured dozens of Hong Kong professionals whose names showed up in Bar Association, Securities and Futures Commission, or Companies Registry filings, this time I see only four identifiably-Cantonese names, and only one gets a hit in the usual public records. I see five names which are probably Singaporean or Malaysian Chinese, four names which are probably mainland Chinese (spelled in Pinyin), and twenty-five which are Chinese but which don’t give a hint to their specific geographical origin. Twenty-nine names, or about 12% of the list, are Korean, a similar proportion as in the past.
And finally, the IRS has officially entered its fifteenth year of misspelling the acronym of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act as “HIPPA”.