Welcome to Citizenship Solutions – The blog of John Richardson
— A. S. Alexander (@asalexanderdesk) September 19, 2016
I am guessing (actually I know for sure) that you arrived here beuse of some aspect of being a U.S. citizen living outside the United States. Maybe you are a Green rd holder. Perhaps you are a former U.S. resident who has just learned that you may still be subject to U.S. “worldwide taxation” even though are a “tax resident” outside the USA. I also know how you are feeling.
“U.S. citizens” and “Green rd holders” are referred to as “U.S. Persons”. So, if you are a “U.S. Person Abroad”, well, life is pretty tough. in fact living as a “U.S. Person” outside the United States is: hard, expensive, confusing and (quite frankly) unsustainable.
Some of you are NOT in compliance with the intrite and (almost) impossible to understand web of tax and reporting requirements. Non-compliance has its share of problems.
Some of you ARE in compliance (as far as you know) with the intrite (and almost) impossible to understand web of tax and reporting requirements. Compliance also has its share of problems (stress, expense, anxiety).
Whether you are in compliance or not in compliance, you have problems. This is beuse:
U.S. citizenship is the one citizenship in the world that affects virtually every aspect of your life. in addition to the information on this blog, I help people with the following kinds of specific problems/questions (which include):
1. Are you a U.S. citizen at all? Have you relinquished U.S. citizenship along the way? If you have relinquished U.S. citizenship, are you a “U.S. Person” for FAT and tax filing purposes?
3. What about that old Green rd sitting in your drawer? You may still be subject to U.S. taxation, even when you don’t live in the USA! What are the tax obligations of Green rd holders? What to do? ….
4. Renouncing U.S. citizenship – What’s the “right way”? What’s the “wrong way”? The better question is “what’s the safest way”? What about that “back dated” relinquishment?
5. Green rd expatriation – How to exit the tax system and the U.S. immigration system.
6.? Oh My God!! The moment many of you will never forget. Yes it’s a problem. No it’s not as much of a problem as you think. Make certain that you respond and not react. If all you want to do is file U.S. taxes …
7.? U.S. S. 877A “Exit Tax” consulting. If you think you n leave the “Land Of The Free” for free, you better think again. A bit about the the United States expatriation taxes. Those of you with a? non-U.S. pension and want to renounce U.S. citizenship should take specific note!
8. Retirement and financial planning (including pensions) as a “U.S. Person” abroad – You will be surprised at the problems you will have living as a U.S. tax compliant Amerin abroad. Think (or maybe you shouldn’t) “PFIC“.
9. Coming into U.S. tax compliance – What are the various options? ?Why one option over another? What about “Streamlined” compliance? 99% of you should NEVER use “OVDP”!!
10. Non-U.S. AKA “Foreign Corporations” – Yes, these n be a BIG problem. ution: The U.S. CFC tax rules may attribute income to YOU that you never received!
11. Getting a divorce? Are you a U.S. citizen married to a non-citizen? – Your U.S. citizenship will play a role.
Respond, don’t react! – Do NOT make any decisions without understanding the present and FUTURE consequences of those decisions.
So, how do I know this?
First, I am a person (Toronto based lawyer actually) who was born in the United States and has lived almost all of my life outside the United States. In other words, I have lived and do live these problems.
Second, I have spent the last few years of my life assisting “U.S. Persons abroad” survive the unjust imposition of FAT, FBAR and “CBT” (AKA U.S. “place of birth taxation”) on Amerins abroad. I work with many groups of people including: “accidental Amerins“, long term dual citizens who wish to retain U.S. citizenship, long term dual citizens who feel they must renounce U.S. citizenship, Green rd holders (whether they live in the United States or not) and those who have ONLY U.S. citizenship. It’s what I do.
Third, I have been (and continue to be) actively involved in efforts to oppose FAT in the courts and in the process of making submissions to the U.S. Treasury. If you want to learn about the Alliance For The Defense of nadian Sovereignty lawsuit against the Government of nada, see here.
I work with people all around the world! I have given “live presentations” about the “Problems of U.S. citizenship” all over nada and Europe. I have given a number of “media interviews” about FAT and the problems of U.S. citizenship. I have testified as a witness before the nadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (May 2014). I have written hundreds of articles and blog posts about FAT, FBAR and U.S. taxation-based citizenship. I have and continue to teach courses both for Amerins abroad and for professionals who counsel U.S. citizens abroad.
Anyway, the blog is free. The counselling and assistance require individual consultations. Contact me if you want me to help you solve these problems as they apply to YOUR SITUATION.
P.S. Here is the one of the very first posts that I wrote on for this blog. Some posts are “timeless”. “What you need to consider BEFORE consulting a lawyer or tax professional“.