In this video, Terry Ritchie speaks with InvestmentExecutive.com’s Rudy Mezzetta about what U.S. citizens living abroad need to know when considering renouncing their U.S. citizenship. Though the numbers of expatriations are reaching historical highs, the process is not an easy one. After filing with the Department of Homeland Security, an individual wishing to renounce citizenship must meet with the consulate. Upon approval, the individual will be issued a CLN: Certificate of Loss of Nationality, from The State Department. This is not a quick process.
In terms of taxes, if you meet one of these rules—a worldwide net worth of $2 million or more, average annual net income tax of more than $150,000 (adjusted for inflation), or have not complied with all U.S. tax responsibilities in each of the five preceding years—you can be defined as a “covered expatriate.” CEs are subject to onerous tax considerations, including a “mark-to-market tax” that takes into account what you would net if you sold all of your assets upon expatriation, and then taxes this amount as a capital gain. Further implications include a tax on qualified assets and tax-deferred investment vehicles.
Finally, Terry reveals the #1 reason that Americans chose not to expatriate: the possibility (based on pending U.S. legislation) of not being allowed to return to the U.S. View the video here.