ABA Section of Taxation Recommends Those who Relinquished under INA Prior to June 17, 2008 be Treated as Non-Citizens http://t.co/IqGYsexuJt
— Patricia Moon (@nobledreamer16) March 4, 2015
In our view, sections 877A and 7701(a)(50) should not be considered to apply to individuals who had previously ceased to be citizens, for both nationality and federal tax purposes, prior to the date those provisions were enacted. In particular these sections should not apply to individuals who relinquished citizenship on or before June 3 2004, and whose noncitizen status was deliberately grandfathered under the 2004 Act, or to individuals who relinquished their citizenship in accordance with the requirements of former section 7701(n) after June 3, 2004 and prior to June 17, 2008.
The “extra’ here is since 7701(n) was repealed in 2008, the writer also suggests those who relinquished after June 3, 2004 and prior to June 17, 2008, should also be considered non-citizens. IOW, 877A only applies AFTER 2008! NOT RETROACTIVE!
The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 ( the “2004 Act”), however, created a disparity between expatriation for nationality purposes and expatriation for tax purposes. Specifically the 2004 Act enacted new section 7701 (n), which provided for the first time that an individual who ceased to be a citizen in accordance with the INA would continue to be treated as a citzen for federal tax purposes, until a specified notice requirement was satisfied.. Section 7701(n) was effective only for individuals who expatriated after June 3, 2004 so individuals who had relinquished citizenship on or before that date were not affected, even where they had never provided any noticed described in that provision.
Similarly, section 7701(a)(50) generally provides that an individual shall not cease to be treated as a U.S. citizen before the date on which the individual’s citizenship is treated as relinquished under section 877A (g)(4). Pursuant to section 301(g) of the 2008 Act, these provisions are effective for any individual whose expatriation date (defined as the date on which the individual relinquished citizenship) is on or after June 17, 2008.
We therefore recommend that Treasury and the Service issue guidance, in any form that they deem appropriate, confirming that individuals who reliquished citizenship under the INA are not subject to sections 877A and 7701(n)(50) and thus continue to be treated as noncitzens of the United States for federal tax purposes following the 2008 Act.
I don’t need to point out how important this development is! This news is HUGE!
For the whole letter to Commissioner Koskinen, please see Here