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NBS: Former Americans sue US for money given in exchange for giving up citizenship

MOSCOW, October 4 – RIA Novosti. Former American citizens sued US authorities to get back the money they paid to renounce their citizenship. TV channel NBC.

“The cost of giving up this status has long been high for some former citizens. Many now want their money back and are filing a class-action lawsuit on Wednesday to get it back,” the TV channel notes.

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Currently, you need to pay $2,350 (about 235 thousand rubles) to renounce American citizenship, but on Monday the US State Department announced that it will soon reduce this amount to $450 (about 45 thousand rubles). Against this background, former Americans decided to sue the country’s authorities to return at least part of the large sums they had already paid.

NBC states that a US citizen must pay taxes to the American treasury even if he does not live in the country, and therefore a record number of Americans living abroad have given up their citizenship.

The TV channel stated that, based on data from the American tax office, 1.3 thousand people renounced their American citizenship from January to June of this year alone.

David Lesperance, managing partner of law firm Lesperance & Associates, told the channel that the true cost of renouncing US citizenship could now even exceed $2,350. Despite this, he says there has been a record influx of clients seeking to renounce their U.S. citizenship.

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