The Constitutionality of the Taxation Consequences for Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

100 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2010

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William Thomas Worster

The Hague University of Applied Sciences - International Law; University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, Amsterdam Center for International Law; University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Date Written: June 22, 2010

Abstract

Individuals that renounce their U.S. citizenship are held to a special taxation regime as a consequence for their expatriation that is unique in the world and, this article will argue, unconstitutional. Originally, renunciation of citizenship was seen as the ultimate income tax reduction device, but this option has now lost much of its attractiveness as Congress has passed “exit tax” provisions that impose a tax liability on individuals who have renounced U.S. citizenship similar to that imposed on U.S. citizens.

This article will argue that, as it currently stands, the exit tax is not constitutional because it is not narrowly tailored to achieve a compelling government interest and must be judged at that standard because it infringes on the fundamental right to expatriate and discriminates based on national origin.

Keywords: citizenship, nationality, tax, taxation, renunciation, renounce, expat, expatriate, expatriation, constitution, constitutionality, unconstitutional, fundmental, right, national, original, discrimination, exit tax

JEL Classification: K34, K33, K39, K30, K10, K40, K49, K00

Suggested Citation

Worster, William Thomas, The Constitutionality of the Taxation Consequences for Renouncing U.S. Citizenship (June 22, 2010). Florida Tax Review, Vol. 9, No. 11, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1628568

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