As we pointed out in our post entitled US Expatriation Continues to Increase At a Record Pace in 2014! Here we discussed that the number of Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship stayed near an all-time high in the first half of the year before rules that make it harder to hide assets from tax authorities came into force (FATCA - Effective Date July 1, 2014).
The number of Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship increased 39 percent in the three months through September after rules that make it harder to hide assets from tax authorities came into force.
Additionally, while the U.S. expat is still alive, their foreign spouse may also qualify to receive dependent or spousal Social Security benefits (generally half of the U.S. expat's benefit).
The rules governing foreign spousal and survivor benefits are complicated.
Peggy Creveling, CFA, & Chad Creveling, CFA have a Blog post entitled What Expat Americans with Foreign Spouses Need to Know About Social Security that answers some of these questions:
As they also point out, there are many exceptions and qualifications to the rules, so be sure to check with the Social Security Administration for specifics on your situation.
If this current trend continues, it would result in 3,154 people expatriating into 2014, which would be a 105% increase over the 2,999 people who expatriated in 2013. The 2013 amount of 2,999 represented a 221% increase over the 932 total in 2012 and “shatters” the previous record of 1,781 set in 2011.
Read more at: Tax Times blog