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    Jane Lew

    I speak from experience; I renounced my US citizenship in 2011.  I had lived overseas for a number of years beforehand and had already been granted citizenship in another country contingent upon renounciation of my original citizenship.  I did not owe the IRS anything; there is an minimum income of roughly $200,000 that I did not meet ( I had filled out expat tax paperwork every year).  And I have since visited the US on a tourist visa twice since renouncing, and nobody ever batted an eye at my foreign passport with US place of birth; I carry my invalidated US passport with me, just in case.  

    The renounciation process was a bit of a hassle, especially since I live a long ways from the embassy.  I had to apply, follow up the application, and write an essay as to why I was renouncing.  Then I had to pay a whopping fee but in the end it was not an unpleasant experience; the consul was very kind and helpful, once he had gone through the required warnings about how it was a one-way process and I could not ever regret it and get my US citizenship back just like that.

    "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."-- Isaac Asimov.

    by ssundstoel on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 01:19:02 AM PST

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