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About 30,000 people living abroad try to renounce their U.S. citizenship, an effort that has been slowed by the covid-19 pandemic.
March 2020 was the watershed and began a pause, since Most of the United States consular offices on the planet have paused their services expatriation, which has frustrated and upset people who are looking to renounce their citizenship.
According to what The Guardian reports, people like Joshue Grant, from Alabama but a resident of Germany, live with frustration the lack of response to requests to renounce nationality like yours, which dates from July 2020 and which, he assures, already has all the required documentation.
He you cannot get German citizenship until you get rid of the American.
“It’s curious. People in Germany tend to see the United States as a liberal country, in which the rule of law was established, but I have not even managed to find someone from the government to talk to, “he says.
The medium holds that nine U.S. citizens residing abroad have sued the State Department before a federal court in Washington, as they are in a similar situation to Grant’s.
“The United States appears bent on preventing its citizens from exercising their natural and fundamental right to fundamentally renounce their citizenship”Indicates the lawsuit filed on behalf of the citizens by the Association of Accidental Americans, whose headquarters are in France.
But another reason to ditch your nationality is high tax burden on the shoulders of those who live outside of the country, because in 2010 a law was passed that obliges financial institutions to inform ISR about any person they suspect is American, since the IRS forces its citizens abroad to declare their income.
Between 2000 and 2010, fewer than 1,000 people renounced being Americans per year, but this law sent that number skyrocketing to 7,000 in a single year.
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