Global News reports on a U.S. State Department decision to raise the cost of renouncing U.S. citizenship. While the hike which saw an increase from $450 to $2,350 is not meant as a deterrent, "the waiting list to renounce U.S. citizenship at the Toronto consulate stretched into late January of 2015." The fee increase takes effect September 6th.
The backlog swelled after Ottawa signed a deal obliging Canadian banks to give the personal information of American clients to the IRS.
But the memo suggests the State Department expects applications to drop after the fee is implemented: to about 2,700 from the current 3,000 a year.
“We can’t speculate on the reasons potential renunciants choose to renounce citizenship,” a department spokesperson said in an email. “We can’t speculate on whether the backlog for renunciation appointments will ease” as a result of the fee increase.”
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