What You Need To Know About Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

The U.S. citizenship comes with all the arduous requirements and liabilities, hence why more people than ever started to question whether the benefits outweigh the costs. Thought of renouncing a U.S. citizenship may pass through your mind if you are already a dual citizen, have no ties with the U.S. and don’t want to carry the U.S. tax burden anymore. Some people fall into the category of “Accidental Americans” and they have never even considered themselves being Americans, so it’s the only way to free themselves from the IRS and stop playing their tax game.

It became more complicated and expensive procedure to renounce U.S. citizenship, but it can be done. We prepared this easy infographic, where we gathered few facts about renouncing U.S. citizenship and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.


It is not a decision, which should be taken lightly and it will affect how easily you can return to the United States or how you will be treated in other countries around the world. As well as if you don’t have another citizenship before you renounce, you will end up stateless and might find yourself struggling to prove your identity and move freely.

P.S. We also have a blog post here explaining the Difference Between Renouncing and Relinquishing Your US Citizenship. 

Have a question? Contact Olivier Wagner. Your comments are always welcome!

Olivier Wagner

Certified Public Accountant, U.S. immigrant, expat, and perpetual traveler Olivier Wagner preaches the philosophy of being a worldly American. He uses his expertise to show you how to use 100% legal strategies (beyond traditionally maligned “tax havens”) to keep your income and assets safe from the IRS. Before obtaining my U.S. citizenship and traveling all over the world, he was born and raised in France. His experience learning the intricacies of the U.S. immigration process combined with his desire to travel freely lead me to specialize in taxes for Americans living and working abroad. He helps Americans Abroad file their taxes and devise strategies that make sense for their lifestyle. These strategies encompass all aspects of registering an offshore business, opening a bank account abroad, and planning out new residencies and citizenships. He is operating the accounting firm 1040 Abroad. 1040 Abroad exists to help you make sense of an incredibly large world of possibilities. Find out more by visiting www.1040abroad.com

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1 comment on “What You Need To Know About Renouncing U.S. Citizenship”

  • The more interesting thing in this context under today’s circumstances is whether — assuming there is an option (which there often is for unmarried parents, and I have seen strategic divorces — parents want to impose US citizenship upon unborn children. This of course is quite apart from the millions of children born abroad to a US parent whose birth was never recorded with a U.S. consular office: the child is American but neither the State Dept. nor the IRS is going to go out looking for him/her. Hizam v. Clinton and Lynch v. Morales-Santana come to mind, as well as Vice Consul Amelia Shaw’s Foreign Service Journal article Citizenship and Unwed Border Moms: The Misfortune of Geography (online, but obsolete now) come to mind.

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