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Trouble Ahead for Certain Green Card Holders: Part I

Covered expatriates can’t just fade away from the United States.

In our global practices spanning cumulatively three quarters of a century, we find that green card holders too often are oblivious to the fact that formal steps must be taken to relinquish their U.S. residency status. Allowing a green card to expire is insufficient, and remaining outside the United States permanently or for long periods of time is inadequate. The Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel concurs, stating that “merely leaving the U.S. with no intention to return is not sufficient

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