Expatriation and the dreaded “exit tax”
People renounce their US citizenship for a multitude of personal and financial reasons. But regardless of the underlying reason, all US taxpayers need to be aware that the IRS has special rules. Whether or not you are subject to an “exit tax” requires careful analysis and should be done in consultation with a professional. The rules vary depending on the taxpayers assets, income tax liabilities for the past 5 years, and their tax compliance. In addition, certain relief procedures may apply to your situation. For taxpayers that are “covered expatriates” it is important to discuss with an attorney whether there are any ways to minimize the exit tax and to ensure that assets are correctly valued. For taxpayers that are close to the line and may not be “covered expatriates” it is essential to document and value all your assets, preferably with qualified appraisers. And for those that know they are not “covered expatriates” it is prudent to ask your attorney if any relief procedures may apply to streamline the expatriation process.
Renouncing your US citizenship is a stressful decision that can be made easier with expert help. Navigating the immigration process can be daunting and the added level of tax compliance can make the process downright dreadful. But with professionals guiding you every step of the way the process can be handled effectively and efficiently. Do not let bureaucratic red tape stand in the way of your personal and financial goals. For more detailed information about expatriation you can check out our quick guide or contact us today!