Here is a well-researched and presented article by Brian Knowlton of the New York Times. It is journalism like this that tells our real story and the often tragic consequences for children born to US parents living in another country or those born in the US to parents from another country. None of these accidental Americans asked to be US citizens and somehow are not given a choice in the matter. Being born by this accident of birth, wouldn’t it be fair if there were a choice for them to accept or not that US citizenship at some point? A choice should be theirs, not that of the US!
“As Americans abroad chafe under sharply increased U.S. pressure to declare foreign holdings and catch up on back tax filings, one group with tenuous ties to America and the benefits of citizenship is feeling particular pain and unease.
They might be called “accidental” Americans, born during their foreign parents’ brief stay on U.S. soil, or born abroad to American parents who long ago settled elsewhere…”
Thank you Brian for telling this aspect of the consequences of US citizenship-based taxation and reporting.