People don’t give up citizenship for tax

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More American Expatriates Give Up Citizenship - NYTimes.com.

Fascinating report:

Amid mounting frustration over taxation and banking problems, small but growing numbers of overseas Americans are taking the weighty step of renouncing their citizenship.

You'd have thought this would mean this is a big issue to get such prominence. But then note it adds:

The Federal Register, the government publication that records such decisions, shows that 502 expatriates gave up their U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status in the last quarter of 2009. That is a tiny portion of the 5.2 million Americans estimated by the State Department to be living abroad.

Let's put this another way. This is a non-issue. Tiny numbers of people move for tax. Tiny numbers of people give up citizenship for tax. It's safe to conclude they're in the minority also lacking any sound judgement. In which case this issue can safely be ignored as irrelevant - which is what it is.