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Seriously, is this for real? American expats already declare and pay (higher) taxes wherever they are resident. Perhaps all this bureaucratic nonsense ought to be scrapped? It would not hurt America to bring herself into the 21st century world of residence-based taxation. The IRS would consequently become leaner or more effective by focussing on territorial taxation. An antiquated (19th century) tax policy called citizenship-based taxation should have been written in history books a long time ago…
…which would lead one to agree: Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D, February 23, 2015: “Why the US Tax System Needs to Change”!
…Anon is apparently one of many hapless dual-nationals now caught in the big FAT(CA) trap. He’s obviously never filed a US tax return, is clueless about FBARs, SFFA’s reportable on Form 8938, PFICs, CFCs and all other variations of the US tax alphabet soup. Now, Anon’s local bank in Saudi Arabia (which is viewed as a “foreign” financial institution for US tax purposes) is probably asking him for a so-called “FATCA certification”. In all likelihood, the bank noticed that Anon’s Saudi passport listed a US birthplace. As part of the FATCA mandate imposed on this “foreign” bank, Anon must now “certify” his US status or provide evidence satisfactory to the bank that he is no longer a US person. Anon has probably done some investigating about FATCA and what it means to be a US citizen. Anon has just been given the shock of his life.