The Real Reasons Americans Give Up Their US Citizenship

The Real Reasons Americans Give Up Their US Citizenship

The year is 1633, and a respected old man finds himself on trial for his life. His crime? Writing a book, the product of more than 20 years of research and study.

 
An Interview With Chris Kalin

An Interview With Chris Kalin

Mark shares with you a recent conversation he had with Chris Kalin of Henley & Partners, the global leader in citizenship and residence planning. Read below to find out about Chris and his firm, as well as an opportunity for you to learn firsthand about a unique citizenship opportunity.

 
Government “Stats” Strike Again

Government “Stats” Strike Again

Did you know you can charge an iPhone with just an onion and a glass of Gatorade? “Really?” you say. No, that’s a fib, although...

 
EU Passport for the “Right” Kind of Jew

EU Passport for the “Right” Kind of Jew

For hundreds of years, Spain has been a predominately Roman Catholic country, but that wasn’t always the case. Surprisingly, the country was once...

 
Supreme Court Confirms: You Really Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Supreme Court Confirms: You Really Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Imagine for a moment that you and your wife operate a successful business refurbishing and selling used medical equipment. One day, you receive a letter from a federal prosecutor informing you that the business is the target of a criminal investigation. The prosecutor demands...

 
Visas to the Highest Bidder? A New Way to Buy Residence

Visas to the Highest Bidder? A New Way to Buy Residence

It’s no secret that governments around the world are hard up for revenue. And to get it, they’ll do just about anything.

 
When Did the “Peace Officers” Get a “License to Kill”?

When Did the “Peace Officers” Get a “License to Kill”?

Do you remember when policemen were called “peace officers”? I do. In the small West Virginia town where I grew up, police work consisted mainly of community-oriented engagement, not unlike what you might see on The Andy Griffith Show.

 
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Proof That Airport Screening Is Nothing More Than “Security Theater”

Have you ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes at Transportation Security Administration airport checkpoints? Wonder no more. Recently, a former TSA screener wrote a tell-all article for Politico Magazine describing how America’s airport security apparatus actually works.

 
Why It Took More Than 30 Years to Confirm Vitamin C Fights Cancer

Why It Took More Than 30 Years to Confirm Vitamin C Fights Cancer

A recurring theme in my work is that Big Brother and big business conspire against the interests of ordinary citizens in countless ways. And just last week, I discovered another example. An article in a respected scientific journal confirmed...

 
Would You Vote for This Guy?

Would You Vote for This Guy?

Imagine yourself at a neighborhood pool party. Everything’s going smoothly. Marge next door made a heavenly potato salad, and Pete across the street is doing a great impression of the late Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack.

 
What’s More Important Than Privacy in America? (Hint: It Rhymes With “Belieber”)

What’s More Important Than Privacy in America? (Hint: It Rhymes With “Belieber”)

I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that most of the mainstream media seem determined to avoid mentioning the ongoing NSA spy scandal as much as possible… or how stupid they must think we really are.

 
What’s Your Plan When the War Comes to You?

What’s Your Plan When the War Comes to You?

War is hell. I discovered this early, growing up during the Vietnam era. I couldn’t imagine being a soldier with orders to kill the “enemy.” If you disobeyed, you’d get court-martialed or executed. And, even if you followed your orders, the enemy always shoots back.

 
My 7 Favorite Ways to Go Offshore in ‘14

My 7 Favorite Ways to Go Offshore in ‘14

Imagine you’re cruising down the highway, top down, your favorite song on the radio. Then you notice the blinking lights behind you. You get pulled over for doing 80 in a 65 mph zone.

 
The One Place They Can’t “Bail In”

The One Place They Can’t “Bail In”

A free lunch is a wonderful thing if you’re not the one picking up the tab. For the last 50 years, that’s what the world’s richest countries – the US, the EU, Australia, and a handful of others –have offered their citizens, in the form of a cradle-to-grave welfare state.

 
Second Passports: Does Uncle Sam Need to Know?

Second Passports: Does Uncle Sam Need to Know?

Every year, my associates and I help clients get a second citizenship (and the passport that goes along with it). And one of the questions that I hear most often is: "Will the US government know I’m doing this?" Officially, the answer is "no." But that’s not a complete answer...

 
Another Passport Program to Avoid

Another Passport Program to Avoid

The newest passport scam that has come to my attention recently is for Mexico. The Mexico "program," as the company offering this scheme calls it, can be completed in four months and with only two visits to the country.

 
And the Media Gets It Wrong (Again )

And the Media Gets It Wrong (Again )

Pop icon Tina Turner has just joined a multitude of famous – and not so famous – expats. Having recently acquired Swiss citizenship, Turner, a long-time resident of the canton of Zurich, voluntarily "relinquished" her US citizenship and passport.

 
Don’t Poke a Sleeping Bear

Don’t Poke a Sleeping Bear

The same is true of offshore tax planning. But in this case, the bear is not a 500lb animal of the forest; it’s the 100,000+ strong army of tax professionals that make up the IRS. Unfortunately, some people like to learn their own lessons, so, if you insist on provoking the IRS, here's a great way to do so.

 
Finally, Some Good News about FATCA

Finally, Some Good News about FATCA

FATCA, otherwise known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, is one of the most arrogant and one-sided laws ever passed by Congress. I've written quite a bit about it in the past, almost always on how it negatively affects the average American trying to do business offshore. Today, though, I actually have some good news to report.

 
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Is Bitcoin Becoming the Anti-Dollar?

Little by little, Bitcoin is winning individual users all across the planet. But something else is happening at the same time: Bitcoin is emerging as the anti-dollar. To the many countries and businesses that have been abused by dollar tyranny, Bitcoin provides a path of escape.

 
Oops! Malta Postpones its Economic Citizenship Program

Oops! Malta Postpones its Economic Citizenship Program

The politics of economic citizenship programs can be ugly. But occasionally, I find something in the works that makes me smile.

 
Getting Out Is Hard; Getting Back In Is Harder

Getting Out Is Hard; Getting Back In Is Harder

It’s been a long time since I had a warm and fuzzy feeling leaving—and especially re-entering—the USA on an international trip. Enhanced security measures in effect since the 9/11 attacks, the long lines to cross the border, and the fact that the US border zone is effectively a “Constitution-free zone” all contribute to a vague dread every time I cross a US border.

 
The Secret Reason Germany Wants to Join the NSA “Spy Club”

The Secret Reason Germany Wants to Join the NSA “Spy Club”

For me, one of the most ironic aspects of the Edward Snowden spy scandal is watching the reaction of foreign governments to it. Top-secret documents Snowden leaked to the press reveal that the US National Security Agency monitors phone calls, e-mail messages, and other electronic data in many countries.

 
Frank Facts About the New Malta Passport Program

Frank Facts About the New Malta Passport Program

If you follow the offshore scene, you may have heard about the proposed new economic citizenship program in Malta, an island nation in the center of the Mediterranean.

 
What My Mom Taught Me About Asset Protection

What My Mom Taught Me About Asset Protection

You might be wondering what on earth a fairly standard kitchen implement has to do with protecting your assets and personal freedom. Well – although most practitioners would never admit it – it turns out that cookie cutters and asset protection planning have a lot in common.

 
No Dorothy, US Capital Controls Haven’t Been Imposed

No Dorothy, US Capital Controls Haven’t Been Imposed

Two weeks ago, a major US bank sent out a letter that said it would no longer allow some account-holders to make outgoing international wire transfers. Incoming transfers were still OK. If you didn't like the new limitations—no problem.

 
Too Good to Be True…

Too Good to Be True…

In the 28 years I've worked in the offshore investment arena, I thought I'd heard every possible piece of bad advice clients could get. But one came up recently that takes the cake.

 
Why Have So Many Americans Considered Expatriation? It’s Probably Not What You Think…

Why Have So Many Americans Considered Expatriation? It’s Probably Not What You Think…

According to a recent poll by research firm Rasmussen Reports, fully 9% of the U.S. population has considered "expatriation." These are truly shocking numbers—nearly one in ten Americans thinking about giving up their birthright.

 
Three Exciting New Passport Programs… Or Are They?

Three Exciting New Passport Programs… Or Are They?

Only 100 years ago, your great-grandparents could travel almost anywhere in the world without a passport. And they certainly didn't need one to leave their own country. World War I (1914-1918) changed all that. Many countries, especially in Europe, began requiring foreigners who crossed their borders to identify themselves with a travel document. Passport holders from "enemy" countries were turned away.

 
The War on Privacy is coming to a license plate near you…

The War on Privacy is coming to a license plate near you…

If you live in the eastern USA, you've probably encountered an automatic toll-collection system called "E-Z Pass." No need to stop. No need to fish for quarters in your pocket. And no need to roll down the window to confront the often grumpy tollbooth attendant. No wonder E-Z Pass is popular! Indeed, about 25 million drivers in 15 states now use E-Z Pass. Now for the not so easy to stomach side.