Here is a question: Do Canadians have the Fourth of July? Yes, but they don’t celebrate it.
I just want to express my congratulations to the growing list of Brockers who have received their Certificates of Loss of Nationality. For you, the Fourth of July is just another day of the month of July.
We are celebrating our Independence Day. Not independence of the United States of America from the British, but independence for expat slaves from the United States of America.
Peter Spiro at Opinio Juris mentions our own Victoria:
In the meantime, my correspondent on expatriate matters, the very well informed and thoughtful Victoria Ferauge (resident in Versailles), tells me that many nonresident US citizens are getting tax compliant precisely in order to cut the citizenship cord without the IRS getting in the way.
That’s too bad. The US is the only OECD country to tax non-resident citizens. Most are getting caught in a dragnet aimed at much bigger fish and the different problem of asset offshoring. Just as other countries are looking to cement ties with non-resident citizens, the US seems to be scaring its away. The better fix for all of this would be to roll back FATCA as it applies to ordinary Americans overseas, eliminating the need to become un-American. In the meantime, we will almost surely see more fellow citizens heading to the exits.
Congratulations to Victoria for being noticed.
I responded to Mr. Spiro with my Happy Independence Day wishes:
Becoming a non-US citizen is a great matter of rejoicing for these reluctant Expats. Once they announce to the others their reception of their CLN in the mail, they receive multiple expressions of congratulations. I know people who feel great relief at receiving their CLN and have expressed to me how happy they are.
How many countries in the world do you know that people literally congratulate its former nationals when they receive proof that they are no longer citizens of that country? This is proof positive that US citizenship is the worst citizenship in the world.
So happy Independence day, you Americans. But for me and many thousands of people, we are glad to be independent too: independent from America.