U.S. gov't announces intent to slash citizenship renunciation fee by four-fifths, ahead of Monday hearing

In one of the most potentially significant moves thus far by the U.S. government aimed at helping so-called "accidental Americans" and other expats who have been struggling since 2010 with their tax reporting obligations, the U.S. State Department has announced its "intent" to reduce the fee it charges those seeking to renounce their citizenships to US$450, from its current US$2,350.

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Accidental Americans group launches appeal, after DC court dismisses renunciations case

 After a Washington DC judge on Wednesday dismissed a crowd-funded legal challenge brought last year by a Paris-based organization of accidental Americans and around nine co-plaintiffs over the way their ability to "voluntarily expatriate" had become all-but-impossible – which they said was a violation of the U.S. Constitution – the plaintiffs gave notice yesterday of their plans to appeal.

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Lehagre's Assn of Accidental Americans requests U.S. district court 'expedite' its renunciation fee challenge case

The Association of Accidental Americans, a Paris-based advocacy organization, together with 20 “accidental Americans” (persons deemed to be U.S. citizens because they happened to have been born in the U.S. but who've lived all of the rest of their lives elsewhere, as citizens of other countries), yesterday filed a motion to expedite a legal challenge it filed in 2020, over the legality of the Renunciation Fee.

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French Senate rejects National Assembly's FATCA reciprocity amendment

To the disappointment of many accidental Americans in France, France's Senate on Tuesday night "adopted an amendment aimed at deleting" an addition to the government's latest Finance Bill which would have required the U.S. government to "reciprocate" with respect to the information it currently requires French banks and financial institutions to provide the U.S. about the accounts of their American citizen clients, in compliance with the U.S. tax evasion-prevention law known as FATCA.

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IRS Commissioner Rettig says he supports 'reciprocal FATCA'

A brief statement by IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig yesterday, in support of the idea of the U.S. "reciprocating" with respect to the information it currently receives from foreign governments about the overseas bank and financial accounts of U.S. taxpayers – as a result of a 2010 law known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – has sparked widespread discussion and debate, particularly outside of the U.S.

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Americans and 'accidentals' in Europe react, after EU's Gentiloni quoted saying FATCA not a bloc issue

European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni has again drawn fierce criticism from Americans and accidental Americans in Europe, with his remarks on the the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – this time for saying that the European Commission is technically unable to directly address problems with "the monitoring and enforcement of EU data protection rules" that he acknowledges FATCA is causing. 

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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 Lehagre's AAA files 'request for enforcement' with Dutch data protection authority, over FATCA info transfers

The Paris-based Association of Accidental Americans (AAA) said it has today filed a "request for enforcement" with the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens), in which it said it is "demanding an immediate halt to the automatic transfer of European citizens’ personal data to the United States," as part of the Dutch government's compliance with the U.S. tax evasion-prevention law known as FATCA.

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AXFNJ Podcast: Dubai private asset manager for U.S. expats Vince Truong explains why everyone needs ‘a financial roadmap in place’

AXFNJ Podcast: Dubai private asset manager for U.S. expats Vince Truong explains why everyone needs ‘a financial roadmap in place’

Hearing Americans who've been living abroad for 10 or more years, and sometimes for most of their adult lives, describe how they got there is always interesting, I find. Many...

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