These are US Citizens that cannot protest. They get no representation

C from Baronissi, SA,
“I am a professor of medicine and I have worked for almost two decades on NIH-funded research projects while in the US, giving back to academia and to the community, and I earned my US citizenship with hard work and commitment. Now living and representing abroad US excellence in academic medicine I am viewed instead by US government only as a potential tax liability and even regular family- related investment plans are stricken by very unfair rules; my children – US citizens as well, born and raised in the US – will suffer the same if they will choose to continue their lives abroad. What is the sense of all this?”
“A part of the new tax law aimed at behemoths like Google and Facebook to repatriate their profits indiscriminately targets small businesses owned by American citizens in foreign countries. If you own as little as 10% of a foreign business, you’re a target. Complacency is no longer an option.”
Susan from Bel Air, MD
“Current system unfair to individual citizens living abroad.”
Julie from Cambridge
“Because it’s burdensome (even when you are just a stay at home mom)!”
Kama from Kansas City, KS
“Taxation is theft. Double taxation is worthy of execution of all government parties involved. End the greed now!”
Abdul Aziz
“If people get no US services abroad, why should they be forced to pay US taxes on foreign income? This unfair taxation just has to end.”
Walker from Kingsville,
“No taxation without representation!! Remember we fought wars for this and became a separate country because of this! And now you are doing the same thing!! This is a disgrace! Our forefathers would be turning in there graves over this!!!”
Valois from vichy,
“french accidental american: born in NYC in 1962, french parents, back in France in 1966, 52 years ago. Do I owe one single dollar to the US. no to tax americana”
Philip T from Sandhurst,
“I like many don’t want to be doubled taxed, and I don’t want to Renounce my US Citizenship because of this unfair tax law.”
Scott from wildhaus,
“I have been living in Switzerland for the last 9 years due to a work opportunity. The requirements regarding tax filing have been a source of constant worry and stress as I try to remain compliant in a foreign country and my situation is really basic without complications such as my own business or a lot of investments. In fact the concern about investing and doing something wrong has prevented me from utilizing investment opportunities in the country where I live to plan for retirement. It is time for this whole situation to change! Thank you.”
Kathleen from Eschenbach,
“This unjustifiable burden of double taxation is causing too many American citizens to reluctantly renounce their American citizenship.”
Kari New from Quinn’s Rocks, WA,
“American living abroad; tired of paying $700 a year to file complex taxes and getting double taxed on housing and retirement. Pls consider residency based and simplying those of us average Americans living abroad”
Roberta Beardsley from Paris,
“Please change the law before my son is forced to give up his US nationality. Why is there never any thought given to the effects of legislation on Americans abroad???”
John from Göteborg,
“End this disastrous law. Completely unfair to those of us who have to pay full taxes in our adopted countries”
Hugo A. Cisneros from Beaumont, TX
“I don’t want to renounce my citizenship, that breaks the heart of the toughest. My identity is American and I believe it to be fair to not have to pay taxes to the US while working abroad.”
Leo from Dundee,
“Hi have no connection to the US whatsoever. I was born there and left aged 5 months old. The US has no right to pursue me for taxes, and I should be able to renounce this unwanted citizenship without any cost. US citizenship has become a curse”
Duncan from Christchurch,
“Put an end to this travesty of legislation that causes so much pain, wasted money and time.”
Alison from Lowell, MA
“So unfair: it’s as if a person born in Texas and who moved to Arizona still had to file and pay taxes in Texas all his life!!”
Edward from Teulada-Moraira,
“It is a tragedy that as an American living abroad, I am the most unfree person of any citizen of any country in the world! Chinese and Russians who are supposedly from totalitarian systems are more free than I am . As a US person I am forced to constantly report every move I make. I am the property of a predator, who is only interested in confiscating my money, my pension, and making life as difficult as possible. Even if I want to leave, I will have to pay a ransom of $2.400. Of course the US reserves the right to stalk an expatriate forever by simply declaring him a “Covered” expatriate. The whole point is to discourage Expats from doing any type of business, or even living a life abroad. It is so nefarious!”
Marian from Heverlee,
“Please end this unfair system of double taxation. It’s crazy just how complicated and costly it is to file my taxes. Due to FATCA I have been rejected by my brokerage house and a bank has refused to do business with me. They don’t want Americans as customers because of the risk of U.S. penalties. FATCA has American expats toxic.”
“America needs to stop its hatred to its own citizens living abroad. This was the same situation why we fought a civil war and now we are repeating this same act of tyranny. USA, join the rest of the world of resident/territorial based taxation like you offered our coporations this year.”
“Find it unfair to have to pay hundreds or even thousands to specialized accountants that know the law on both countries when my income is so low to begin with. I know I won’t owe anything, but the paperwork is so complicated. Plus, starting a business is already difficult onpy to add US complications to the matter.”
Thorunn from Reykjavik,
“Banks all over the world are refusing to take on Americans as customers due to a disinclination to get involved in the maze of American tax law. We are under a huge burden which the citizens of almost no other country need suffer!”
Elizabeth from SHELL COVE,
“I am signing on behalf of my son and daughter-in-law, who are affected by this law.”
Gary Taylor from Westland, MI
“No taxation without representation”
Brandy L Farlow from Jacksonville, FL
“When we say we don’t double tax people, that is, simply not true when it comes to c citizens outside the country. It’s wrong and needs to end.”
Carlo Capocasa
“Americans are needlessly suffering from this civil war era relic- stop it!”
Kelly from Edmond, OK
“This hurts ordinary Americans living abroad who are already paying taxes in their host countries.”
Renee Clark from Sydney,
“This is an overwhelming burden for US citizens to bear – please repeal citizen-based taxation.”
Sarah from Hafnarfjordur
“Citizenship based taxation means that Americans living abroad are taxed twice. Most people are not rich and are just trying to raise their family. Most countries tax based on where you are living, not citizenship, it’s time for America to update its tax code.”
Chris from London,
“I am taking care of our children and making no money, paying hundreds of pounds to tell the US government I make no money.”
Rachel from Reykjavík,
“The only other country that has CBT is Eritrea. End CBT now.”
Adriana from Zurich,
“Citizen-based taxation is fundamentally unjust. We already pay plenty of taxes in our countries of residence and do not receive any of the benefits of paying taxes in the US. We do not use any US roads, infrastructure, public education , or any other social services that people living in the US receive.”
Julie from Tel aviv,
“If corporations are often given the same rights as citizens should get the same rights as corporations.”
Margaret from Woodlawn,
“Since I have had no income since I’ve been in Canada, it would be my husband, who is not American, who would be taxed. Totally wrong.”
“This tax situation is unfair and has very negatively affected my friend overseas, costing her much money and mental anguish just to comply with the ridiculous and overly complicated rules. Please make the tax easier to comply with and friendly to our overseas citizens living abroad!!! Thank you for reading this!”
JoAn from Oviedo, FL
“This tax system causes a great deal of discrimination against Americans and makes it very difficult to obtain a banking relationship in France. Without a bank account, one is discriminated against in many other necessities of living, such as obtaining housing, etc.”
Melanie from London,
Jun 23, 2018
“Citizen based taxation makes us feel like we’ve done something wrong!”
Bernadette from Oxford,
“I am a dual US-UK citizen resident in the UK for 23 years.”
Jennifer from London,
“Unearned income isn’t protected by tax treaty. And I pay 2k a year for compliance to tell IRS I owe 0. Please help.”
“The US needs to stop taxing the tax residents of other countries. Most of those affected are just normal people who have moved away from the US for love, job, or family. The compliance costs are excessive, and there are severe limitations on how one can save for retirement. These costs hurt both the US and host country economy.”
Jennifer from Yarralumla,
“Please help stop this unfair practice. It is destroying people’s lives!”
Alison from Okemos, MI
“Current US reporting requirements for citizens with cross-border holdings are unfair and discriminatory. This does not happen in other countries and is limiting Americans’ opportunities in the global market. Please fix this as soon as possible!”
“The US is in the esteemed company of Eritrea as the only two countries that tax citizens based on their citizenship. Except, Eritrea’s diaspora tax is only 2% and Eritrea does not tax non-resident, non-citizens ever. Anyone with a green card who lived in the US for an arbitrary 8 years remains subject to US tax even after the green card expires (and they are no longer admissible to the US) until they formally “relinquish” and pay an exit tax. US personhood is 21st century slavery. Non-residents pay taxes where they live and receive services & protection. The US offers them nothing in return. Taxing residents of other countries on their non-US source income is theft from those residents and their host country’s economy.”
“Get rid of this anachronistic law now! It’s pernicious, discriminatory.”
Julia from Rural View,
“I don’t make much as a teacher, and the paperwork is ridiculously onerous. I’m sure the intent of the legislation was not to unfairly burden people like me, but it does. Language matters. End CBT.”
“The FATCA laws were not designed to hurt the “little guys”, but they do– ENORMOUSLY, whilst the ones who would be best caught are served by their CPA’s to avoid it. Ending citizenship-based taxation would solve the little guy nightmare without changing the laws which apply to the “big fish”.”
Reuben from Fort Belvoir, VA
“As an active duty service member I have been to war for America for freedom. However, I am also an immigrant and that freedom stops as soon as you leave American shores. Being American means free not just when you are in America. Citizenship based taxation leaves me no choice but to renounce my US citizenship.”
Donald from Bivio,
“CBT / FATCA / FBAR – the unholy trinity of unfair (and possibly unconstitutional) taxation of non-resident US citizens. The latest tax bill gave Territorial Taxation to corporations, but not to individuals. How is that fair? It was in the Republican Party Platform to eliminate these life-destroyers. Now, it’s time to deliver.”
“This double taxation is unfair to those in the low to middle class earning bracket. A “no reporting” rule should be allowed for those living permanently outside the US for 5 years or more.”
Linda from Granville, OH
“This is truly cruel for good, law-abiding citizens who just happen to live outside the US.”
Joseph Lander, WY
“I am a Homeland American and proud of it. The reason why I am involved in this is because all Americans should live freely. This includes Americans living overseas as they should not be taxed by the US government and only by the country they are living in just like every Foreigner who’s living abroad. The United States talks about this country being the land of the free but, how can that be true when Americans living abroad or not as free as the rest of the foreigners who are living abroad? Citizenship based taxation ruins lives, makes our country look like a taxation Empire, and it hurts Americans getting lucrative overseas jobs that can make this country look great. Please end citizenship based taxation.”
Christopher from vällingby,
“CBT is crazy! it costs me as much as 5% of my annual income just to keep up with the paperwork, seriously, this hurts regular people more than it catches fraud.”
Margaret from Chatenay-Malabry,
“Please President Trump, stick to your campaign promises about FATCA and citizen-based taxation. The burden (reporting, cost to pay a CPA, double taxes) for US citizens living abroad is enormous.”
“CBT costs me 850€ each year just in preparing my tax return, just to prove that I owe nothing. And the emotional cost – fear of audit, the effort it takes to do two tax declarations – is without a price tag. Please repeal CBT.”
Joe from L’Etang-la-ville,
“Citizen-Based-Taxation hurts Americans from all parties”
Craig from Gympie,
“CBT is just plain wrong and hurts so many.”
Laurie-Annya from Stonington, CT
“This is unjust and just plain wrong!”
Deborah from East Fremantle,
“As a long term American overseas I have grave concerns for my retirement. I diligently saved only to find out my accounts will be pillaged by the IRS leaving me below the poverty level. It is unfair to treat American citizens like tax slaves.”
“Please stop CBT requirements for dual citizens and people overseas! I never lived in the US.”
Andrew from Long Island City, NY
“Citizen-based taxation prevents me from starting a business overseas that would generate economic activity for the United States and US citizens.”
Sherri from Buffalo, TX
“When working out of country you should not have to pay two taxes.”
Jacqueline Bugnion from St. George,
“Please everyone support Congressman Holding’s upcoming proposal for residence-based taxation. The community of Americans resident overseas is being devastated by the present legislation, which much be changed.”
Sean from pisogne,
“USA & Eritrea the only countries in the world with this crazy tax system!”
Jon from Heiligenhaus,
“Enough is enough of these discriminatory and bigoted laws punishing US persons for trying to make it beyond the country’s borders.”
Drew from Melbourne,
“more than unfair…very UNdemocratice!”
John from Newmarket,
“In reality, the U.S. policy of “citizenship-based taxation” is that that: The United States is imposing “worldwide taxation” on people who are “tax residents” of other countries and do NOT live in the United States. There is no other country that does this. There are many people who are U.S. citizens ONLY because they were born in the United States. They live in other countries, pay taxes to other countries and have no intention of ever living in the United States. (In many cases these people don’t event know that they are U.S. citizens.) Yet they are still required to pay taxes to their country of residence. Imagine that you were subject to “worldwide taxation” by a country that you had no economic or residential connection to? “Citizenship-based taxation” is an unfair, unjustified and unprincipled interference in the lives of people who do not live in the United States.”
Harriet from Paris,
“Thank you for considering our request. Due to resident based tax, more and more unfairly taxed and law abide U. S. Citizens abroad can no longer afford to be American. This is a scandal!”
“It is a shame that we are forced to renounce our US citizenship only to avoid a myriad of US inflicted paperwork and double/surcharge taxation.”
Ron from Waynesboro, VA
“Does Trump have to eventually solve this unfair issue? It might get on his long list of problem completions, if the left side of congress wakes up to the fact that thousands of once proud Americans have abandoned their citizenship and give them a reason to hate America..”
Daniel from New York, NY
“So unfair, so unconstitutional – stop the abuse”
Antone Kom
“US Tax filing while living and earning in another country is a nightmare. Let’s join the rest of the world in taxing based on residency and get rid of citizen-based taxation.”
“Eliminate CBT. I am an expat and have to file yearly even though I owe nothing.”
“It is time to adopt a sensible approach to taxing American exPats based on residence and end the regulatory and filing nightmares.”
Kelli from Melbourne,
“This is an unfair burden on Americans overseas. The honest people do our taxes and end up paying more in a country we don’t live in. The dishonest ones never do anything and skate free. You don’t find criminals this way… and just make American citizens abroad detest the country they want to love- the USA”
Paul from Geneva,
“This restores fairness for Americans wherever they live.”
C Weaver from Ventura, CA
“Please stop punishing us for living outside the US”
Linda from Toronto,
“I renounced my citizenship because of the financial hardship imposed by citizen taxation and the need to file a US return, but EVEN for my daughter who was born in Canada and who has never lived or worked in the US. On the verge of retirement, I can no longer afford US citizenship (accountants’ fees) for me and my daughter. Moveroever, this policy discriminates against US citizens living abroad who are considered tax evading criminals, unlike US persons living within US borders.”
Kathleen from Union Pier, MI
“This is so unfair to our citizens who for various reasons have to or choose to live abroad.”
Sasank from Singapore,
“It ethical as well as economically correct for the US to end it’s practice of taxing citizens who do not live in the US (commonly known as “citizenship based taxation”). Almost all countries of the world (except the dictatorship of Eritrea) tax based on residence, an aspect that is exemplified in Rep. Holding’s push for “territorial taxation for individual’s” (TTFI) and the related bill I understand is being worked on toward’s it.”
Elaine from Degerhamn,
“I am an American citizen who has lived abroad for nearly 40 years. I pay taxes in the country of residence for goods and services that I use. Why do I have to pay federal income taxes to the US, where I do not live and for which I get no benefit????”
David from Praha,
“If you don’t stop this nonsense, I’m going to be forever poor and my daughter will have to revoke her citizenship at age 18, that would suck, Do the right thing please.”
T Allen
“Please help end this very stressful and discriminatory law. I have lived in the UK for over 20 years and had a dream of starting my own business but have stopped short of launching it due to the headaches and stress of complying with 2 different tax laws”


I married my husband, and after much debate, we decided to live in his country of Belgium. He had tenure so had job security, good benefits, and his family. My own family in the states have relocated, so we're not as close. Good thing as the company I worked for closed it's doors two months after we relocated. We saved up, bought a fixer-upper with a mortgage when a freak storm left us with a flooded house that had to be gutted. A screw up in the insurance meant we weren't covered so went to the bank for a loan. The same bank that had happily given us a mortgage a few years before suddenly said no. FATCA meant they were limiting services to existing American customers & not taking new ones. Just as we were going through this, we found out that two of our children had autism. So instead of going to back to work as I planned, it meant staying at home. It has taken us years to rebuild our lives and were just beginning to see the light when I was made aware of even more changes in legislation. During those years we bought second-hand everything possible, no family vacations or unnecessary expenses. My own health has been failing to the point I have a do-not-resuscitate order on my medical file, have made arrangements for my body to go to a medical school & final disposal. Now with the changes, I can't die in peace but have worries over what will happen to my husband and children once I'm gone. An end to citizenship-based taxation in favor of residency would lift a huge burden, the repeal of FATCA would mean my children would not face the troubles we have if they don't renounce. They will have to if they wish to be able to build a life here. I don't ask for sympathy or charity, I ask that they are given the same rights as anyone living and working in the continental US. Until then until my dying breath, I will not give up.
I am a UK citizen who has lived in England since 2000, my entire adult life. Two years ago, I was stunned to become aware that I am subject to non-resident taxation and ‘foreign’ bank account reporting requirements (including all bank account numbers and balances), under threat of large fines and penalties, after receiving a FATCA letter from my local bank saying that they suspect I am a US citizen due to my birthplace. Because of FATCA, I learned that I am unable to bank and engage in normal financial and retirement planning in the country where I live and work and am a full citizen and that I am blocked from any form of standard tax efficient savings due to the fact of my national origin. I have been under threat of denial and rejection for every financial decision, including the mortgage for our home. Buying our house should have been a joyful time, as we are first-time buyers and had saved for over a dozen years to accumulate enough for a deposit. Because of FATCA, my British (non-dual) husband and I were scared throughout the purchase process. This has also strained our marriage because his financial information is at risk through his association with me, even though he has never lived or worked in the US. I am forced to include our bank account numbers and balances on the yearly submissions to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which makes me ashamed. I have now paid £1400 for compliance to prove that I owe zero in taxes to the US. This year it will cost another £350, and my forced renunciation will cost £2000, after which another compliance fee of £350 will be payable. This means that to extricate myself from non-resident taxation and become free to have accounts and investments like any other UK citizen, I will have paid well over £4,000. I am on an average income, and this is a large percentage of my yearly earnings. I feel very unhappy about renouncing my citizenship and do not understand why my British friends and family members living in the US are able to have normal financial lives while I am not. In addition to corresponding with my local MP, I have written to and phoned ‘my’ US representatives on numerous occasions, but have received only general responses about tax reform that did not address my queries. Their priority is the people in their state. I have not even visited that state in almost 20 years, and have not been to the US at all, not even to see my family, since 2014. I am deeply worried about being able to visit in the future, after I have been forced to renounce US citizenship. My name will be published in the Federal Register to shame my family, which will be very painful. I come from a very patriotic family, Democrats on my mom's side and Republicans on my dad's, who taught me about how precious US citizenship is, and I always felt so lucky to have it. I could never have imagined it would cause destruction to my life and my husband's life, and I believe this is a terrible mistake. I am committed to helping the US make this right so that nobody else has to suffer and so that the precious blessing of US citizenship is restored for future generations, regardless of where in the world their life takes them.
My story is very bland. Worked in UK, paid US/UK taxes, have not filed FBAR. Married to Brit so have to stay. Have no accounts in my name will have to renounce. I cannot have an account with my husband because of the danger of having him pulled in to the US tax system.

Ruth’s Story

Marilyn’s Story

Re-posted from Isaac Brock Society

My Story – calgary411

I was born in the States and lived half of my growing-up years (with many good memories) on each of the East and West coasts. The present U.S. is not the country I grew up in however. I am retired from the work force and presently 71 years old, wanting to live a simple life without the stress the issue of U.S. citizenship has brought.

My then-husband and I moved to Canada in 1969 and both became Canadian citizens in March 1975, completely believing (as we were warned of it at the time by the U.S. Consulate) that we relinquished our U.S. citizenship by taking the Oath of Allegiance for our Canadian citizenship. We chose to live and work in Canada, pay our taxes in Canada and, especially, raise our children (born here) in Canada.
In 2008 I was made aware that the rules had changed (without anyone in the U.S. giving me any notification or a choice to opt in or opt out) — I was still a U.S. citizen and was not in compliance with filing U.S. tax returns — I am NOW compliant for years 2005 through 2012. The Canadian accountant that I had used for so many years and who knew that I was born in the States referred me to a Calgary cross-border accounting firm as he was not trained or licensed to deal with doing my back U.S. returns. It was confirmed by that respected cross-border accounting firm that I was required to back file and so at that time they helped me make a ‘quiet disclosure’ for three years of returns and (Foreign Bank Account Reports) FBARs. In November 2012, I renounced my US citizenship, having paid US tax lawyers, US tax accountants and US immigration / nationality lawyers over $42,000 in compliance fees, accounting and advice regarding the possibility of my son being able to renounce an automatic U.S. citizenship because of his birth in Canada to U.S. citizen parents.<br>
Besides the U.S. legal and accounting professionals I hired for U.S. tax compliance and filing final Form 8854 after my 2012 renunciation, I paid $3,661 in actual US taxes — all related to the Canadian Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) that I hold for my adult son who has a developmental disability. The Canadian tax payer helps pay for bonds and grants that are contributed to RDSPs by the Canadian government, so Canadian taxpayers have indeed had some of their Canadian taxpayer money as well go to the US IRS.<br>
My biggest concern is for my adult son for whom I hold the RDSP (and others like him!). Since the U.S. considers the RDSP a foreign trust (as they do the Canadian Registered Education Savings Plan and Tax Free Savings Account), gains are subject to tax and this negates for him the same benefit that other Canadian citizens with a disability receive under these same plans. Neither of my children were ever registered by their parents as U.S. citizens with a U.S. Consulate. I never considered them anything but Canadian citizens. I also do not want the IRS to take one penny of my kids’ inheritance that I have worked and saved so hard for – in Canada.

Here is the advice I got from US Department of State, Legal: 
From: Kavaler, Howard
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 9:55 AM
Subject: RE: Question re US Citizenship never registered with the US
Ms. Tapanila:
If your son was born in Canada to two U.S. citizens, at least one of whom had a residence in the United States prior to his birth, your son is a U.S. citizen pursuant to Section 301(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Your understanding of U.S. citizenship law is absolutely correct. U.S. citizenship is a status that is personal to the U.S. citizen and may not be renounced by a parent or a legal guardian. If your son seeks to renounce his citizenship, it will be incumbent upon him to demonstrate that (a) his action in renouncing his U.S. citizenship is the product of his own free will and (b) that he fully understands the consequences attendant to the relinquishment of his U.S. citizenship.
…which agrees with the information from an immigration / nationality lawyer in Washington, DC, to confirm my son’s US status and give possibilities for his renunciation. The result was that my children were US citizens from the moment of their births. The following is information from that lawyer based on his conversations with the US Department of State: DOS persons have “sympathy” for such cases.

However, the developmentally disabled person will have to have FULL understanding of what he’s doing; if any question of lack of comprehension and grasping meaning and importance of ramifications, they could NOT approve such a case. From DOS point of view, US citizenship is precious and they have therefore established fundamental requirements for “compelling reason”. Even though there is the risk that a person’s financial resources could run out before his/her life was over, they will never approve a renunciation for financial / economic reasons. DOS has NEVER had such a renunciation case approved due to “compelling circumstances”. I could sue but persons this immigration / nationality lawyer talked with at DOS are SURE no one would ever win such a case as the courts view the discretionary action that DOS has would take precedence.

My Canadian-born son, never registered with the US (didn’t have to — he was US-defined US citizen from his moment of birth to two then US citizen parents, which we had no idea of), never lived in the US, never had any benefit from the US and cannot renounce because of his lack of requisite ‘mental incapacity’ to understand the concept of citizenship. The U.S. Department of State states that a parent, a guardian or a trustee cannot renounce on such a person’s behalf, even with a court order. He and many others without ‘requisite mental capacity’, including others perhaps with a brain injury from accident or stroke, age-related dementia, etc. are effectively ENTRAPPED into U.S. citizenship and the consequences of that with U.S. citizenship-based taxation law (while the rest of the world, save Eritrea, tax based on residence). The only way not to be so entrapped would be for the U.S. to practice residence-based taxation. Some say, they never will (so, though never may not be, it will likely not be in my lifetime this will change).