You really know you're an American expat when...

Like folks everywhere, Americans are often surprised to discover how different things can be when they live abroad. Sometimes the differences are small; sometimes they're hilarious.

In recent years, as the U.S. has started coming after American expats for unpaid taxes and penalties, the surprise for some Americans has come in the form of what one tax expert we know calls "that OMG moment of realization" that hits when you discover what life-long citizenship-based taxation actually means, and will mean for the rest of your life, particularly if you happen to be an American living abroad who has no immediate plans to return to the States...

BREAKING: Questions about name duplications arise, as latest quarterly list of expatriating Americans’ names is published

Hours after the U.S. government published on Saturday its latest quarterly list of the names of Americans who have, as the Federal Register in which the names appear puts it, “chosen to expatriate,” at least one already-renounced citizen was raising fresh questions about the data.

According to this Europe-based former American, the questions center around what he believes is a “significant number” of individuals whose names are included in the latest list, who had “already been doxed” previously.

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Now France-based 'accidentals' sue State Dept. over still-shuttered renunciation services around the globe

...as a Gambian presidential candidate says her disqualification from running was due to difficulties in being able to renounce her U.S. citizenship

The Paris-based Association of Accidental Americans on Monday filed a fresh complaint against the U.S. State Department, this time alleging that the continued suspension of voluntary expatriation services in U.S. embassies and consulates around the world was a violation of the U.S. constitution.

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Now 'Jenny' (Webster) takes her FATCA data-sharing case to UK's High Court

Lawyers for a U.S.-born, UK resident woman who has become well-known in certain American expat circles for her ongoing challenge about the way the UK has allowed her personal financial data to be shared with the U.S. authorities, under FATCA –  today filed a claim on her behalf in the UK's High Court, arguing that the breaches of her data protection rights had caused her "personal damage and distress."

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AXFNJ Podcast: John Richardson and Virginia La Torre Jeker address common renunciation concerns

As this and other news organizations reported back in February, more Americans handed their citizenships back to Uncle Sam in 2020 than during any other single year to date, in spite of the fact that U.S. embassies and consulates around the world – which are needed to process such citizenship renunciations – were closed or offering reduced services for most of the year...

EU Commission letter seen to suggest FATCA data protection issues best considered at member-state level

More than two years after the Paris-based Association of Accidental Americans filed a formal complaint over the way the EU enforces FATCA, the European Commission has replied at last, with a three-page summary of its thoughts on the matter, in which it indicates that it regards the EU's member states' own data protection authorities best-placed to determine the compatibility of these states "intergovernmental agreements" with the U.S. 

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Virginia La Torre Jeker, on whether you can (now) trust IRS FAQs: 'It still depends...'

Last week, we reported the news that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service had announced that U.S. taxpayers could now begin to claim a "reasonable cause" defense, in the event they were ever to find themselves hit with a penalty in connection with a tax matter for which they had "reasonably and in good faith" relied upon any IRS-published FAQs (frequently-asked-questions) that has to do with new tax legislation.

For Virginia La Torre Jeker, the well-known American tax expert and blogger who is (famously) based in Dubai, the IRS's statement was, well, about as clear as mud...

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You really know you're an American expat when...

You really know you're an American expat when...

Like folks everywhere, Americans are often surprised to discover how different things can be when they live abroad. Sometimes the differences are small; sometimes they're hilarious. In recent years, as...

Nov-25-2021