Eduardo Saverin, the billionaire co- founder of Facebook renounced his
U.S. citizenship before an initial public offering that values the
social network at as much as $96 billion, a move that may reduce his tax
Saverin, 30, joins a growing number of people giving up U.S. citizenship
ahead of a possible increase in tax rates for top earners. The
Brazilian-born resident of Singapore is one of several people who helped
Mark Zuckerberg start Facebook in a Harvard University dormitory and
stand to reap billions of dollars after the world’s largest social
network holds its IPO.
Besides helping cut tax bills stemming from the Facebook, the move may
also help him avoid capital gains taxes on future investments since
Singapore doesn’t have a capital gains tax.
Saverin’s estimated gain, and subsequent tax bill, would be based on an
appraisal by his tax advisers. They could have valued his Facebook stake
at less than it will be worth once shares trade publicly, reducing his
liability. For tax purposes, Saverin could say that the value of his
stake should be discounted because of the potential difficulty of
selling the shares while the company remains private.
Saverin moved to the U.S. in 1992, and became a citizen in 1998, his
spokesman said. He has invested in Asian, U.S. and European companies,
according to his spokesman.
He plans to invest in Brazilian and in other global companies that have
strong interests in entering the Asian markets. “Accordingly, it made
the most sense for him to use Singapore as a home base,” Goodman said in
Renouncing citizenship is an option chosen by increasing numbers of
Americans. A record 1,780 gave up their U.S. passports last year
compared with 235 in 2008, according to government records.
Income-tax rates for top U.S. earners will rise to 39.6 percent from 35
percent next year and rates on capital gains and dividends also are
scheduled to rise, unless Congress blocks the increases.
“It’s a loss for the U.S. to have many well-educated people who actually
have a great deal of affection for America make that choice,” said
Richard Weisman, head of the global tax practice at Baker & McKenzie in
Not many out of 300 million. They should also give how many people
renounced their former country to become a US Citizen.
In February 2012, 60,000 people became citizens of the US.
If Saverin wants to go, let him go. He was only a temp for a few
years anyway. His interest is in saving money and avoiding taxes, not
being a good citizen of any particular country. I wonder why he did
not go to Canada or the UK? Oh, taxes are too high there
He did pay US taxes on everything he earned here. What he's staging for is
the $100 billion Facebook IPO.
Interestingly, if you renounce your U.S. citizenship, you're STILL liable
for income taxes for a period of time after the renunciation. This on-going
liability if for INCOME taxes and does not affect capital gains rates like
from an IPO.
You might be more interested in the changing demographics of the USA.
And you can have every last one of them...
13% in U.S. foreign-born, a level last seen in 1920
Of 40 million born abroad, the greatest number lives in California, with
large populations in New York, Texas and Florida, Census Bureau report
The U.S. foreign-born population has risen to its highest level since
1920, with 13% of all those living in the nation in 2010 having been
born elsewhere, a new report from the Census Bureau shows.
Forty million of those residing in the U.S. in 2010 were born in other
countries, up from 31 million, or 11% of the total, a decade earlier.
The foreign-born share of the population dropped between 1920 and 1970,
hitting a low of 4.7% in 1970, before rising again for several decades.
But that growth has slowed in recent years as immigration has dropped,
census officials said Thursday. Most of the recent increase in the
foreign-born population came between 2000 and 2006, said Elizabeth M.
Grieco, chief of the bureau's foreign-born population branch.
California is home to the lion'sshare of the foreign-born population,
with 1 in 4 residing in the Golden State, the new report shows.
Twenty-seven percent of the state's population of 37 million in 2010 was
born abroad, up from 26% in 2000.
Three other big states, New York, Texas and Florida, accounted for a
third of the nation's foreign-born population, with New York having the
second-highest total at 11%. West Virginia had the smallest percentage,
with just 1% born outside the U.S.
The new report draws on the 2010 American Community Survey, an annual
poll of 3 million U.S. households.
The report details many characteristics of the foreign-born population,
showing that on average, foreign-born households are larger than those
of people born in this country, have more children younger than 18 and
are more likely to include three generations or more living under one
The foreign-born were more likely to be employed than native-born
Americans, the study showed. Sixty-eight percent of the foreign-born
population age 16 or older were working in 2010, compared with 64% of
those born in the U.S. And 79% of foreign-born men were in the labor
force, compared to 68% of native-born men; in contrast, 60% of U.S.-born
women were employed, compared with 57% of foreign-born women.
But people born elsewhere were less likely than those born in this
country to have health insurance and more likely to be living below the
poverty line. Among regions of birth, the poverty rate was highest for
the U.S. foreign-born population from Latin America and from Africa.
More than half of the nation's foreign-born people arrived from Latin
America and the Caribbean, with most of those from Mexico, the report
showed. More than a quarter of the total came to the U.S. from Asia,
with about 12% from Europe, 4% from Africa and smaller percentages from
Those who arrived in the U.S. since 2005 were more likely than other
immigrants to live outside such traditional "gateway" states as
California, New York and Texas, the Census Bureau said in another recent
study. Although the gateway states still accounted for the majority of
the newly arrived, many recent immigrants were settling in states with
smaller foreign-born populations, including Louisiana, Mississippi,
Wyoming and the Dakotas.
The annual American Community Survey took the place of the long-form
decennial census in 2010 and is used to help distribute $450 billion in
annual federal funds. But a bill moving through Congress is seeking to
eliminate its funding, with the bill's Republican sponsors arguing that
the survey is unconstitutional and an invasion of privacy.
The Republican-controlled House voted 232 to 190 this week along party
lines to cut all funding for the survey in 2013. The Senate, where
Democrats hold a majority, has not acted on the bill.
We would like some to come to the old Great Lakes cities - Detroit,
Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo .... They built those cities once before a century
or so ago; now they've died or moved away and we could use the population
The sharp increase of those who renounce their US citizenship (a process
that is made very difficult by the US government) should concern those
politicians who think they can tax the wealthy with impunity. We once
had a country where you could make a lot of money, and where industry
was not controlled by the government. We have lost that, and now people
with the talent to make a lot of money are realizing that they have more
freedom and opportunity elsewhere.
It makes some people feel good to say let them go, we don't need them,
but when they go, a lot of jobs go with them.
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