Archive for the ‘Personal Narrative’ Category
New tax law driving expats to renounce U.S. citizenship
McClatchy DC (27 Nov 2013)
The story of Ruth Ann Freeborn of Kingston, Ontario anchors this report on expatriate Americans who are renouncing citizenship in record numbers.
U.S. tax law has some expatriates waiving the American flag
Los Angeles Times (14 Oct 2013)
Genevieve Besser 52, 25-year resident of Germany, former member of Daughters of the American Revolution, seems likely to abandon her US citizenship. The costs and difficulties of tax reporting and compliance couple with inability to live a normal financial life outside of the United States. Daniel Kuettel 41, software developer in Switzerland, has renounced citizenship already. FATCA implementation promises to worsen the situation. In the first half of 2013, the 1809 renunciations surpassed the total for 2012.
Packing up, going home: one US citizen in Switzerland vents his anger
Geneva Lunch (29 Jan 2013)
Swiss resident William Olenik publishes an email about his plan to move back to the United States because of the untenable status being imposed on U.S. persons living abroad. Comment — Olenik reaps the harvest of this bonehead attitude: “I refuse to give up my citizenship, as I am 100% American, to my bone marrow.” It sounds like he really does belong back in the homeland.
Uncle Sam unleashes tax hounds to hunt a Canadian citizen [featured letter]
Edmonton Journal (20 Sept 2012)
A Canadian-born woman in Edmonton reports filing a 2011 US tax return after about 20 years of non-compliance as a returned-to-Canada resident, and then receiving a no-detail IRS demand for immediate payment of $2,616.95 US. One factor was denial of claim for 14-year-old daughter as dependent.
Tax amnesty offered to Americans in Canada
Globe and Mail (26 June 2012)
The first part of the article retails material from the IRS news release. The reporter’s use of derogatory innuendo — “to come clean” — is highly offensive. A Toronto “professional” who stands to profit guesses that “about 90 per cent of Americans in Canada … will fall into the low risk category” and qualify for participation. According to McKenna, “U.S. officials have struggled internally over whether people who haven’t filed for years deserve any special leniency.” The situation of an unnamed “56-year-old Ottawa woman who has lived in Canada since her family moved here when she was nine” is outlined.
Swiss banks step up efforts to identify, quarantine or avoid US citizens
genevalunch.com (21 June 2012)
A first-person narrative details the difficulties faced by a U.S. citizen married to a Swiss national. The author’s husband is experiencing discrimination, has been advised to resolve his situation through divorce, and has transmitted pressures to his wife. In consequence, Amy Webster says: “I am seriously considering giving up my US citizenship which I had always been so proud of and which I so carefully looked after. I have duly filed a US income tax return every year.”
Laura Harrison McBride
Me and Eduardo Saverin: The major difference is money
Blog at Smirking Chimp (16 May 2012)
McBride offers a useful and entertaining personal account of her 2 Feb 2012 renunciation of US citizenship in London England and the history and circumstances of the decision and action. “Not taxes that pushed my buttons, but the tax collector.”