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    Filed at 7:13 pm under by dcobranchi

    Under the category of increasing revenues to the federal gov’t, our “betters” are getting set to implement a fee that I bet will generate zero dollars in the next year:

    There’s even a new fee if you’d like formally to renounce your U.S. citizenship — it costs nothing now, but the price tag will be $450 starting Tuesday.

    Here’s how you can renounce your citizenship:

    formally renouncing U.S. citizenship before a U.S. diplomatic or consular officer outside the United States (sec. 349 (a) (5) INA);

    formally renouncing U.S. citizenship within the U.S. (but only under strict, narrow statutory conditions) (Sec. 349 (a) (6) INA);

    So, let’s say I’m overseas and decide that I want to be the new “Man Without a Country.” I go to the nearest consulate, make an appointment to see an officer, and announce that “I, Daryl Cobranchi, a natural born citizen of the United States formally renounce my US citizenship.” How is the officer going to respond? Will he say, “Thank you very much, Mr. Cobranchi. Will you be paying by Visa or Amex?” And if I refused to pay, would he force me to stay a citizen? Bizarre.

    5 Responses to “GOOD LUCK WITH THAT”

    Comment by
    July 7th, 2010
    at 9:00 pm

    I formally renounced my US citizenship years ago. There are actually papers to sign and file and they CAN, at some point in the process, reject your papers. When they do accept, you get a letter. So, there is some work involved for them. Whether that’s worth $450 is debatable.

    Comment by
    July 7th, 2010
    at 9:08 pm

    And what would happen if they didn’t file the papers? So what if the US gov’t “thinks” you’re a citizen?

    Comment by
    July 8th, 2010
    at 9:01 am

    I would imagine there are tax implications involved with still being on the citizen roles.

    Comment by
    July 9th, 2010
    at 7:38 am

    And I guess it would prevent re-citizening (like remarrying?) in another nation where you might have family and want to participate in civic affairs.

    Comment by
    July 16th, 2010
    at 5:02 pm

    I don’t make enough money for it to matter, but for some it could be a tax hassle. Some countries don’t care if you carry dual citizenship, some do.

    I guess it would depend on where you were. Still, the stupid fee is a racket, but then what about the US govt. isn’t?