Boris Johnson among record number to renounce US citizenship in 2016

Boris Johnson has renounced his US citizenship, ending years of ambiguous loyalties and probably ridding himself of a hefty tax bill.

A list released by the US Treasury department showed the UK foreign secretary was one of 5,411 individuals to renounce his American citizenship in 2016.

Johnson was born in New York when his parents worked there, but has not lived there since he was five years old. His decision does not appear to be an attempt to distance himself from the politics of Donald Trump, but may instead he is out of reach of America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

In 2014 he said publicly the US was trying to hit him for tax on sale of his home in Islington, north London, something he said he regarded as “absolutely outrageous”, although he later reportedly paid the demand. The US tax authorities have been mounting a campaign to crack down on the earnings of dual nationals.

A record number of dual nationals renounced US citizenship in 2016, 26% higher than the next highest annual total which followed the enacting of a disclosure law in the 1990s.

Andrew Mitchel, an international tax lawyer, tallies the names on the lists, and identified Andrew Boris Johnson renouncing his citzenship. The foreign secretary’s full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.

It was revealed in 2014 that Johnson might owe more than $50,000 in US tax on the income from the sale of his home.

On a visit to New York in 2014 in an interview with National Public Radio –…

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