Survey results: who are the "accidental Americans"?

About the survey

  • The survey was launched in February 2017.
  • Edit of March 2017: 32 people answered.
  • Edit of March 2018
    84 persons from 18 countries have answered so far.

Are you an "accidental American"? :)

Fill the survey if you haven't yet.

What is your country of residency?

French Polynesia (PF) Hungary (HU) Singapore (SG) Guadeloupe (GP) Brazil (BR) Spain (ES) Saudi Arabia (SA) Norway (NO) Sweden (SE) Israel (IL) Italy (IT) Belgium (BE) Switzerland (CH) Germany (DE) Canada (CA) Australia (AU) United Kingdom (GB) France (FR) 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45

What is your age?

12 - 17 years old 65 - 74 years old 18 - 24 years old 25 - 34 years old 55 - 64 years old 35 - 44 years old 45 - 54 years old 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35

Apart from the US citizenship, what is your other nationality? (country)

Brazil (BR) United States (US) Saudi Arabia (SA) Sweden (SE) Germany (DE) Norway (NO) Israel (IL) Switzerland (CH) Italy (IT) Canada (CA) Australia (AU) Belgium (BE) United Kingdom (GB) France (FR) 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45

Is one of your parents a US citizen?

No (70%) Yes (30%)

Are you interested (or simply happy) to have (had) the US citizenship?

I don't really care (37%) No (37%) Yes (26%)

Have you renounced your US citizenship?

Yes No, and I don't want to renounce. No, but I want to renounce. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60

With which country do you identify yourself the most?

United States (US) Brazil (BR) Spain (ES) Saudi Arabia (SA) Sweden (SE) Germany (DE) Italy (IT) Norway (NO) Israel (IL) Switzerland (CH) Canada (CA) Australia (AU) Belgium (BE) United Kingdom (GB) France (FR) 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45

Were you born in the USA?

Yes (86%) No (14%)

Have you lived in the USA?

Do not take into account the few years you might have spent as a baby or young child.

No (89%) Yes (11%)

Have you worked in the USA?

No (94%) Yes (6%)

Do you have family in the USA?

No (61%) Yes (39%)

How often do you travel to the USA?

I go various times during the year. I have never been nor traveled to the USA. I go there once a year more or less. I have been there a few times in my whole life. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70

Do you speak English well enough to solve problems with any US entity?

To understand administration, taxes, laws and juridical language.

Yes No 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50

Have the USA or any authority ever tried to contact and inform you about your US citizenship?

Yes No 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80

When did you learn that US citizens have to pay taxes and report their income even if they live and work in another country?

I just learnt it now. Before all the previous options In the past 6 months In the past year In the past 3 years 0 5 10 15 20 25 30

Do you feel that you have been informed properly?

Do you estimate that you are fully prepared and knowledgeable of any requirement the US are imposing on their citizens abroad?

No (95%) Yes (5%)

Do you have a US social security number (SSN)?

No, but they are asking me to acquire one. Yes, but I was forced to acquire one. No Yes, but it was a deliberate choice from me or my parents. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30

Do you have a US passport?

No, but they are asking me to acquire one. Yes, but I was forced to acquire one. No Yes, but it was a deliberate choice from me or my parents. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45

Have you been forced to comply with FATCA?

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act; eg: provide W-9 form to your bank.

I don't know what is FATCA. No No, but they are trying to force me. Yes 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45

Have you been forced to disclose non-US bank accounts? (FBAR)

I don't know what is FBAR. Yes No, but they are trying to force me. No 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35

Have you been forced to enter the US tax system?

This means that you had to get a tax number (TIN) and start reporting your revenue to the IRS.

Yes No, but they are trying to force me. No 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45

Have you started the streamlined filing compliance procedures?

Yes No, and I don’t know what the streamlined procedure is. No 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40

Do you know if there are people representing you and defending your rights in the USA?

Yes, there are. No, there are not. I don't know. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40

Have you been forced to close a bank account?

No (80%) Yes (20%)

Did a bank refuse you to open a bank account?

(Because of your accidental American situation)

No (62%) Yes (38%)

Have you faced any financial loss?

No (60%) Yes (40%)

Have you been victim of double taxation?

No (88%) Yes (12%)

What is your general state of mind?

Relaxed I am afraid. All of this, makes no sense. I feel stressed / I have anxiety. I am angry, this is unfair. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70

How would you describe the financial cost of getting in compliance with the US?

For example, lawyers may ask 500 dollars per hour, compliance programs, fines and professional services may lead to tens of thousands of dollars, the cost of renouncing the US citizenship alone is around 2500 dollars.

Not a problem. (I will pay whatever is necessary) Harsh, but ok. (Will reduce my hobbies) Heavy burden. (basic needs threatened) 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60

Has you got any problem to get a source of income because you are an accidental American? (whether present or future)

For example, some people can not work, can not have pension fund or make investments easily.

No (67%) Yes (33%)

Have you talked with the IRS? (Internal Revenue Service)

Yes, and it was helpful. No, and I don't know what the IRS is. I don't know what is the IRS. Yes, but it didn't help. No 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70

Have you asked for advices to lawyers or accountants?

No (54%) Yes, and it was helpful. (24%) Yes, but it didn't help. (23%)

Have you contacted / got help from your country authorities?

No (74%) Yes, but it didn't help. (26%) Yes, and it was helpful. (0%)

Do you believe that your country's authorities are interested in solving your problem?

Are they ready to support you at this time?

No (94%) Yes (6%)