London Times informs retired UK military officer: His 44-yr-old daughter is 'accidental American'

An advice columnist for the London Times newspaper's Money section has informed a retired U.K. Army officer who wrote to the paper that his 44-year-old daughter, born in Colorado when he was on a two-year posting there, is an "accidental American", who will have to pay thousands of dollars to sort out her situation with the U.S. tax authorities, whether she decides to retain her U.S. citizenship or renounce it.

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Frustration for France's Américains Accidentels as FATCA reciprocity amendment fails to advance

A planned amendment to a bill currently making its way through France's legislature that would have mandated a change in an existing FATCA "intergovernmental agreement" currently in place between France and the U.S. – which would have obliged the U.S. to provide the same information to France about its citizens' U.S. bank accounts that France forwards to the U.S. about French accounts held by American citizens – was withdrawn at the last minute on Friday. 

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Plight of 'accidental Americans' gets covered by Washington, DC's local media outlet

The struggles being faced by so-called accidental Americans, who are being told that they risk losing their bank accounts in the countries in which they live and are citizens, unless they formalize or take steps to renounce their U.S. citizenship – which they only recently discovered they are deemed to possess – has been covered by a Washington Post journalist.

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Dutch 'accidental American' in €4,269 crowd-funding effort to renounce

A 34-year-old, U.S.-born Dutchman who came to the Netherlands with his parents 29 years ago, and never left, has posted a GoFundMe.com petition, in an effort to raise the €4,269 he has calculated that he needs to renounce his American citizenship – because, he says, he would struggle to be able to to do it otherwise. 

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

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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...

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