Thursday, September 17, 2015
Wall Street Journal, Is the IRS Undercounting Americans Renouncing U.S. Citizenship?:
Attorney Andrew Mitchel, an expert in U.S. citizenship renunciations, asks in a blog post today: ‘Is the IRS Missing Names From Its Quarterly Publication of Expatriates?’
He writes that recent State Department and FBI data show an estimate of about 6,000 Certificates of Loss of Nationality applied for or issued in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. Yet, he adds, in the first quarter, the IRS published 2,857 names, which would lead one to expect around 3,809 for the full fiscal year. “Based on this factor alone, the IRS would appear to be missing roughly 2,000 names,” Mr. Mitchel writes.
Moreover, he says, the State Department recently gave an estimate of 5,986 applications for CLNs for the 2015 fiscal year, and forecast 559 citizenship relinquishments — a total of 6,545 that far outstrips the IRS’s count.
Mr. Mitchel contends that the IRS is failing to count people relinquishing their green cards – 18,000 between 2008 and 2012 — and argues that the IRS’s renunciation tallies should at least include relinquishments by long-term green card holders.