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Expatriation the Easy Way or How I Learned to Give Up My US Citizenship and Breathe Freely Again

Lefty Gomez, an all-star pitcher for the New York Yankees in the 1930s, is credited with saying “I’d Lefty_Gomez_r_u_luckyrather be lucky than good.” He is also credited with earning the nicknames “Goofy Gomez,” and “El Goofo.” Still, I often think Lefty had it right and today could very well be your lucky day.

If you are a US citizen and want to give up your citizenship but have fretted over unfiled returns or the fact you do not have a US social security number, then the IRS has a procedure for you! It’s called ‘Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens’.

This procedure allows an individual that meets the following eligibility requirements to have a “get out of jail free” card.

  1. Your past compliance failures were due to non-wilful conduct.
  2. You have relinquished your US citizenship after March 18, 2010.
  3. You have no filing history as a US citizen or resident.
  4. You did not exceed the threshold in Internal Revenue Code Section 877(a)(2)(A), relating to average annual net income tax for the period of 5 tax years ending before your date of expatriation. This amount is $171,000 for 2020 and is indexed for inflation each year.
  5. Your net worth is less than $2,000,000 at the time of expatriation and at the time of making your submission under these procedures.
  6. You have an aggregate total tax liability of $25,000 or less for the five tax years preceding expatriation and in the year of expatriation.
  7. You agree to complete and submit with your submission all required Federal tax returns for the six tax years at issue, including all required schedules and information returns. Assuming you qualify and follow this procedure, you will not owe any taxes due per the filed return, a savings of up to $25,000.

It does not get much better than that. As well, if you do not have a US social security number, you are not required to obtain one under these procedures.

So, we hope that this is a lucky day for some of you out there and are happy to guide you through this procedure. Get in touch.

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