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Locked Into US Citizenship: Do Americans Have The Right To Renounce? Should Renunciations Take Place Through Video Conferencing?

Locked Into US Citizenship: Do Americans Have The Right To Renounce? Should Renunciations Take Place Through Video Conferencing?

November 29, 2020

November 29, 2020 - Participants Include:

 

John Richardson - @Expatriationlaw

 

Diane Gelon - London, UK based New York lawyer

 

One the hand one, many Americans abroad are desparate to pay the $2350 USD fee to renounce US citizenship. On the other hand, the US State Department has stopped providing appoints to renounce.

Do US citizens have the right to renounce?

The 1868 Expatriation Act suggests that they have a statutory right to renounce.

Right of Expatriation

R.S. § 1999 provided that: “Whereas the right of expatriation is a natural and inherent right of all people, indispensable to the enjoyment of the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and whereas in the recognition of this principle this Government has freely received emigrants from all nations, and invested them with the rights of citizenship; and whereas it is claimed that such American citizens, with their descendants, are subjects of foreign states, owing allegiance to the governments thereof; and whereas it is necessary to the maintenance of public peace that this claim of foreign allegiance should be promptly and finally disavowed: Therefore any declaration, instruction, opinion, order, or decision of any officer of the United States which denies, restricts, impairs, or questions the right of expatriation, is declared inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Republic.”

The 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Afroyim suggests they have a constitutional right to renounce.

The fact is that there is no bar to conducting renunication appointments through video conferencing. It's too bad that the US government won't allow this.

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie McCray 4: Discussion with @DrVMcCray2020 and her Financial Officer  Mary Lett - Is The US Tax Code Socialism For The Rich? How Do The Political Parties Maintain This?

Valerie McCray 4: Discussion with @DrVMcCray2020 and her Financial Officer Mary Lett - Is The US Tax Code Socialism For The Rich? How Do The Political Parties Maintain This?

November 21, 2020

November 21, 2020 - Participants include:

Dr. Valerie McCray - @DrVMcCray2020

John Richardson - @Independents

Mary Lett - Indianapolis based accountant and tax preparer

This is the fourth podcast with Dr. Valerie McCray. In this podcast we are joined by Mary Lett who is in charge of the finances for the Valerie McCray campaign. Our dicussion today focuses on the role that the US tax system has in keeping those who  are in need poor and maintaing the status of the upper middle class and wealthy.

 

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Interview 4: A fascinating discussion with Dr. Valerie McCray who is running as an independent candidate for President of the United States.  Please visit her site here.

The first interview with Dr. McCray is here.

The second interview with Dr. McCray is here.

The third interview with Dr. McCray is here.

 

Dr. Valerie McCray’s Story

Dr. Valerie McCray is a unique choice for President of the United States of America. She is entering the presidential race “straight from the trenches” as a psychologist that has spent most of her career working in the aftermath of tragedy.

Valerie McCray 3: Discussion with @DrVMcCray2020 - Her future as one of those @independents

Valerie McCray 3: Discussion with @DrVMcCray2020 - Her future as one of those @independents

November 19, 2020

November 14, 2020 - Participants include:

Dr. Valerie McCray - @DrVMcCray2020

John Richardson - @Independents

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Interview 3: A fascinating discussion with Dr. Valerie McCray who is running as an independent candidate for President of the United States.

In this episode we discuss how the appointment of judges has become an extension of the partisan political process. To put it simply: the very institution that should be independent of the political process and partisan politics has become politicized.

 

 

  Please visit her site here.

The first interview with Dr. McCray is here.

The second interview with Dr. McCray is here.

 

Dr. Valerie McCray’s Story

Dr. Valerie McCray is a unique choice for President of the United States of America. She is entering the presidential race “straight from the trenches” as a psychologist that has spent most of her career working in the aftermath of tragedy.

 

 

 

 

US Citizenship Renunciation: An Appointment To Renounce Is A Rare Opportunity And Hard To Find

US Citizenship Renunciation: An Appointment To Renounce Is A Rare Opportunity And Hard To Find

November 12, 2020

November 12, 2020 - Participants Include:

John Richardson - @ExpatriationLaw

Jimmy Sexton - @JimmySextonLLM

 

On November 8, 2020 I hosted US tax lawyer Virginia La Torre Jeker in a podcast where we discussed why Biden tax proposals would make US citizenship renunciation more urgent. Specifically, more people are likely to be subject to the S. 877A expatriation tax and the tax paid will be higher. The problem is that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the shutdown of renunciation appointments in most of the world.

To put it simply: it has become almost impossible to renounce US citizenship.

In this session I am joined by Jimmy Sexton of the Esquire Group where we discuss a variety of topics including:

- US citizenship and personal identity

- why the US citizenship is a disability for some US citizens living outside the United States

- why the US exit tax is an attempt to recoup money from a renunciant where the US believes renunciation means the US will lose a profitable taxpayer

- what might be a new procedure for individuals to renounce in a COVID-19 world

- why the designation of "covered expatriate" causes the "family renunciation"

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Speaking of expatriation, see this interesting perspective from Jimmy Sexton.

 

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John Richardson - CitizenshipSolutions.ca

 

 

Renounce sooner! The Biden Victory suggests  (1) more renunciants will be subject to the US exit tax and (2) the exit tax paid will be greater!

Renounce sooner! The Biden Victory suggests (1) more renunciants will be subject to the US exit tax and (2) the exit tax paid will be greater!

November 8, 2020

November 8, 2020 - Participants Include:

 

John Richardson - @Expatriationlaw

 

Virginia La Torre Jeker - @VlJeker

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The election of Joe Biden coupled with Democrats control of the House is not good news for Americans abroad.

There are good reasons for the demand to renounce US citizenship and abandon Green Cards to  increase.

On November 8, 2020 I was joined by US tax lawyer Virginia La Torre Jeker to discuss the reasons for this. In general the reasons include that:

1. More people will be covered expatriates and subject to the US 877A exit tax regime.

2. Those subject to the exit taxes will pay higher exit taxes!

To be forewarned is to be forearmed! In general people do NOT leave the "Land Of The Free" for free.

 

 

 

 

 

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