From America Continues
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news reports reconfirm a continuing trend we at the Sovereign Society
have observed since our founding in 1997; the most recent U.S. State
Department figures for 2010 show the total number of U.S. citizens
formally ending their citizenship is rising at double previous rates.
one web site, the
2010 figure was 1,485, but Bloomberg News lists 1,534. In both cases,
the 2010 figure appears to be about double that for any year since
We at the Sovereign
noted sadly that each year hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens
and resident aliens have left America to make a new home in other
nations, even though most of them do not renounced U.S citizenship.
Admittedly, that number pales against the millions clamoring to
get into the U.S., legally and otherwise.
a huge difference in the economic status of these two groups.
current recession has slowed the pace, those seeking admission (or
just illegally crossing our borders) are, by and large, poverty
stricken persons desperately trying to better their lot with a new
life in the Promised Land. Theyll settle for low-paying jobs,
welfare, free education for their kids, and U.S. taxpayer subsidized
housing and health care.
are the wealthy and the talented those who have had enough,
H. Rockwell, Jr., a leading libertarian, speaks for me when
he says: Lets be clear about something. A person who
decides to give up his U.S. citizenship is not guilty of disloyalty
to America; quite the opposite. He could very well be more loyal
to American principles than the regime is willing to tolerate. It
also does not mean that he is giving up hope for liberty; he may
have great hope for liberty, in a different way and in a different
whom I have often quoted, John Gaver, who edits the conservative
web site Action
America looks at this from a different angle: What these
lists fail to show is the vast and increasing numbers of wealthy
U.S. citizens who are just dropping out taking
all of their wealth and leaving the U.S. without renouncing. They
just disappear off the U.S. tax rolls and appear on some other countrys
Based on data
in polls conducted between 2005 and 2007 suggest perhaps 3 million
U.S. citizens each year go abroad to live. That number, if true,
is a big increase over previous years. Of special interest, the
largest number of relocating households is not those with people
approaching retirement, but rather those with young adults ranging
from 25 to 34 years old.
a site maintained by and for people considering giving up U.S. citizenship,
points out a number of errors in the State Department figures. They
say it safe to assume the figures are higher based on discrepancies.
In 1996 the
U.S. State Department began publishing in The Federal Register
the names of those who renounce. The figures reflect only completed
requests, not pending demands. There are long waiting periods at
many U.S. embassies in places such as Paris and London.
currently at the U.S. embassy in Bern, Switzerland, no appointments
are available for 18 months until August 2012. These numbers have
skyrocketed despite a State Department administrative fee of $450
imposed in July 2010. Renouncing citizenship had previously been
free of charge.
I have previously
explained the onerous 2008 exit
tax the U.S. Congress and George Bush imposed on those
who exercise their constitutional right to end citizenship. The
only other countries that imposed a tax on those citizens who sought
to expatriate were Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia and apartheid South
Now the ever-vigilant
U.S. Internal Revenue Service has joined with the State Department
for the first time, linking new and renewable passport applications
to the IRS. New
forms for renewing a U.S. passport state that as part of the
Privacy Act information that data will be provided to the U.S. Treasury
and the IRS.
Social Security Number will be provided to Treasury, used in connection
with debt collection and checked against lists of persons ineligible
or potentially ineligible to receive a US passport, among other
that IRS tax compliance demands are also a major factor in slowing
down what the State Department calls the renunciation
process. For those who want to join the line to renounce
citizenship, an added complication is a demand for proof that a
person is compliant with all U.S. taxes concerned.
with permission from the Sovereign
March 18, 2011
E. Bauman is a former Member of the United States House of Representatives
from Maryland, (19731981). He is also a former federal official
and state legislator; Member, Washington, DC Bar; Graduate of the
Georgetown University Law Center (1964) and the School of Foreign
Service (1959), Washington, DC. Robert currently serves as legal
counsel for the Sovereign
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