Why a record number of people are giving up their US citizenship

Why a record number of people are giving up their US citizenship
A record number of people are giving up their US citizenship. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: New research published on Sunday found that a record number of people are giving up their US citizenship.

According to Bambridge Accountants, a New York-based firm specializing in US expat tax, UK expats, actors and other creatives in the US and the UK, more than 5,800 Americans gave up their citizenship in the first six months of 2020 compared to the 2,072 Americans who renounced their citizenship in all of 2019.

The firm said it examined public data that was published by the US government every three months, of the names of all American citizens who give up their citizenship.

Alistair Bambridge, a partner at Bambridge Accountants, said: “These are mainly people who already left the US and just decided they’ve had enough of everything.”

“What we’ve seen is people are over everything happening with President Donald Trump, how the coronavirus pandemic is being handled, and the political policies in the US at the moment.”

According to Bambridge, while many people who renounced their US citizenship complain of being unhappy with today’s current political situation in the US, another reason for their decision is often taxes.

US citizens who are living abroad are still required to file tax returns every year, report their foreign bank accounts, pensions and investments, he said. While these citizens were able to claim the $1,200 stimulus checks and $500 for each child, for many, the annual US tax reporting “is just too much.”

Americans who want to relinquish their citizenship must pay $2,350 and appear in person at the US embassy in their country if they are not in America.

Despite the risks that come with rejecting a US citizenship, Bambridge predicts that the trend will only continue going up.

He said: “A lot of people are waiting for the November election to see what’s going to happen.”

“If President Trump is reelected, we believe there will be another wave of people who will decide to renounce their citizenship.”

President Trump has changed many landscapes since he started office at the Oval office. The coronavirus pandemic is worst of all. More than 150,000 Americans have died from this virus. President Trump downplayed the severity of the virus in the early days and critics heavily criticized his administration’s response to the virus. Trump also denied wearing masks publicly, despite health officials repeatedly urging that wearing a mask in public places could protect people from getting the virus and spreading it.

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