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1998 Dec 28 – Newman

 
Barry Newman
Taxing issue: How do you quit being an American? With great difficulty — as many ruefully find out, renouncing citizenship is harder than ever — Making the ‘list of shame’
Wall Street Journal (28 Dec 1998) A1

http://www.famguardian.org/Subjects/LawAndGovt/Citizenship/Renounce.htm

The origins of the list of citizenship renunciants in the Federal Register traces to “a cloud of patriotic umbrage that passed over America in the mid-1990s.” Newman outlines a recent history of how “U.S. citizenship has steadily become easier to get and harder to lose.” His reporting presents a number of individual cases in varying levels of detail. A brief account of dates and numbers reveals relative low rates of renunciation: “A tax law to deter renouncers first hit the books in 1966. It was hardly
used, yet in the next 27 years, with a blip for the Vietnam War, fewer than 30,000 passports were turned in; through the 1980s, the average was 300 a year.”
 

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28 December 1998 at 6:00 am