24 January 2012

1,024 Became Former U.S. Citizens In First Half Of 2011 Over Taxation

"Rather than deal with the complexities of U.S. tax law, Americans living overseas are increasingly renouncing their citizenship in order to avoid paying their income taxes.

According to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, approximately 4,000 people gave up their citizenship from fiscal year 2005 to FY 2010. Renunciations increased sharply within the past three years, from 146 in FY 2008 to 1,534 in FY 2010. And during the first two quarters of FY 2011 alone, 1,024 Americans ditched their citizenship."

Read more: Tax Evaders Renounce U.S. Citizenship

That headline, it's wrong. Tax evasion is not paying a tax that you are legally required to pay. Tax avoidance is doing something that legally exempts you from taxation of some sort. Renouncing your U.S. citizenship and being in the country for less than the maximum allowable time legally exempts you from a requirement to pay U.S. income taxes.

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