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Interesting article that accurately explains WHY people are renouncing US citizenship – AKA #citizide: "COMMENTARY: U.S. citizenship is not as coveted as it once was – National" | https://t.co/r5V8GeCTh7 https://t.co/WRVgZ3ZijC
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) September 12, 2020
The above tweet references the article written by Brett Goodin. Although not entirely free of technical errors (let’s not point out the errors in the comments to this post), the article debunks the absurd suggestions that individuals are renouncing for political reasons or because of the coronavirus.
Mr. Goodin writes that:
Rewarding nonresident aliens who filed a 1040 instead of a 1040NR …
Foreign Workers Living Overseas Mistakenly Received $1,200 U.S. Stimulus Checks https://t.co/paaAkliTPF
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) September 10, 2020
As has been widely discussed on Brock, there has been much discussion of:
2. The fact that certain US citizens whose spouse does not have a Social Security number were disentitled by statute from receiving the payment.
It appears that the media has woken up this reality. The NPR article was referenced in a September 9, 2020 article in the Washington Post. The comments to the article are fascinating and I think worth the read. For example:
FWIW, I live in Germany and have still not received my stimulus check either. I spent hours on the phone with IRS to find out why. The representative I spoke with said they had not received my 2018 or 19 tax returns, both of which I had filed. I checked with my accountant, who informed me that when they tried to do an electronic filing, it had been rejected and they had to send a paper filing. We have followed up both by fax and by paper, again, and still nothing. I’m not sure if I’ll ever see a dime, don’t know if it’s the IRS or USPS holding things up, but am to the point that I wonder why I have to file every year if they aren’t going to bother to process my returns.
I know of at least one non-resident who received a check overseas. I assumed it was because he was receiving Social Security payments from 10+ years of working in the US. How many others are there?
Its been 5 months, told twice they mailed a check to us overseas. Never received it. I was told no International mail came from the US postal service, guess that was a lie too.
Checks to deceased U.S. citizens?
Checks to non-citizens?
And people wonder why the national debt is exploding under “Only I can fix it” Chump
Could it be that the United States is actually establishing a new “Marshall Plan” to assist the rest of the COVID-19 afflicted world?
In March of 2020, @LizT1 warned that CDN Financial Institutions would come under increasing pressure to tighten the compliance requirements in #FATCA IGAs. "U.S. tax rules raising the stakes for Canadian residents with American citizenship" | CBC News https://t.co/2FdUY78ZlV
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) September 6, 2020
March 2020: From Elizabeth Thompson of CBC …
August 13, 2020: On the one hand (at least in Toronto) U.S. Citizen Services are opening up …
U.S. DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO CANADA
Message to U.S. Citizens in Canada: U.S. Consulate General Toronto resumes most American citizen services
AUGUST 13, 2020
Event: U.S. Consulate General Toronto resumes public appointments for American citizen services
BEGIN Message for U.S. Citizens
The U.S. Consulate General Toronto is now accepting a limited number of appointments for most U.S. citizen services. You can request an appointment for routine and emergency passport services, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) services, and adult citizenship claims by emailing us at TorontoPassport@state.gov. Please note that appointment numbers are limited to prevent crowding, and therefore wait times for appointments will be longer than normal. We appreciate your patience and support for our mutual efforts to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
We are not offering routine visa services at this time. For information on visa appointments, visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca/niv.
August 15, 2020: On the other hand renunciation appointments are closed down with no reopening in sight …
The health and safety of those who work at and visit the Embassy and Consulates is our highest priority. In response to the global pandemic COVID-19, and in line with the Canadian government’s call to increase social distancing, the CLN Processing Center has suspended Loss of Nationality services until further notice. We will resume routine services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
Please be advised that at this time, appointments through the end of July have already been canceled and we have yet to determine if further cancelations are to be made. Canceled appointments will be rescheduled prior to scheduling new appointments from the current queue when we eventually resume with this service. Please note that we have suspended scheduling and rescheduling for the foreseeable future and will resume when we have returned to normal routine operations. It will take several months to recover from the backlog, however your place in the queue remains unchanged.
We regret any inconvenience caused by the suspension of this service and appreciate your support for our efforts to safeguard U.S. facilities and prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Canada.
Prologue: From Facebook To FATCA
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) August 12, 2020
The above tweet references a 2013 post suggesting that the rise of Social Media in the United States resulted in a diminishment in the value of privacy in the United States. At a bare minimum, FATCA is an assault on privacy rights.
Jenny’s UK FATCA Lawsuit Is Based On The FATCA IGAs Violating Privacy Rights
Factoid 1: Constructively stripping people of citizenship by not issuing them passports or questioning their birth certificates
This cuts both ways. It denies the benefits of citizenship from those who want to be US citizens. But, interestingly there is a group of people who are prevented from renouncing (and getting that CLN) because they can't prove citizenship.
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) August 11, 2020
The above tweet references a fascinating discussion from Open Society Justice Initiative about the weaponization of citizenship.
From page 9 …
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) August 6, 2020
Kudos to American Citizens Abroad for producing a superb article demonstrating:
1. The harm that citizenship-based taxation does to individual Americans abroad; and
2. Demonstrating that the only way to cease harming Americans abroad is to end citizenship-based taxation.
This is seriously good article that puts much of the harm in the TCJA into historical perspective. Although the article makes it clear that much of the damage can be fixed through Treasury regulations (including the two which have been recently been the topic of discussion), the article “Keeps The Faith”, by reminding us that citizenship-based taxation must end! ACA deserves credit for NOT wavering from that position. Given that the Democratic Party has failed to include ending citizenship-based taxation in their platform and the Republican Party appears to not have recently reconsidered the issue, it appears that proponents of ending US citizenship-based taxation are fewer than ever. From that perspective, ACA deserves a special thanks. (It is also significant and tragic that Representative George Holding who pioneered the ONLY serious attempt to fix CBT is retiring. There is no evidence that his 2018 Bill will be introduced again.)
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) August 4, 2020
It’s hard to know whether the story referenced in the above tweet is true or not. But, assuming it’s true, this really would represent a milestone in the extra-territorial application of US law.
Think of this way …
So far, the United States of America – the great “citadel of freedom of justice” – has managed to:
1. Export FATCA to the rest of the world
2. Gotten the world to agree that, the United States, and the United States alone determines which of the residents of other countries are to be considered to be “US persons” for FATCA purposes.
3. Forced the non-US banks to pay for the witch hunt and general FATCA inquisition
4. Expand the US tax base into other countries (think of the OMG moment – am I really US
5. By expanding the US tax base into other countries manage to extract capital from other countries (think Exit Tax, Transition Tax, GILTI, etc.)
6. Solidify the status of the the United States of America as the world’s number one tax haven (remember since the USA hasn’t signed on to the CRS): “What goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas” and “What goes on in Wyoming (and other states) stays in Wyoming.”
But the best has now finally arrived … Truly amazing.
Assuming that this article is true, apparently now, the Netherlands may be willing to deem Accidental Americans (the one’s who accidentally escaped from America) as tax evaders in the Netherlands!!!! This is amazing. Think of it, now the United States doesn’t even have to charge these criminal “accidental Americans”. All they need do is:
A. Decree that a violation of US law in the Netherlands is actually a violation of the law of the Netherlands; and
B. Get the Netherlands to deal with them under the Dutch justice system.
Fantastic! One more expense that the United States need not pay. In the event that the “accidentals” are incarcerated (for disobeying the Homeland), the Netherlands can pay that cost too.
Russia, China and all other totalitarian regimes should really take note. Nobody does this better than America!