Screaming Jesus wrote:Other than being born in Puerto Rico, how might one acquire U.S. nationality, but not citizenship? Thereby enjoying the right to a U.S. passport, but not the obligation to pay federal income tax...?
Screaming Jesus wrote:Okay, here are the points which remain unclear to me:
1. In order to be a "national" of the USA, rather than a citizen, must one be BORN in the overseas possession, or can one be naturalized as a national? (This would not apply to Puerto Rico, whose denizens received U.S. citizenship in 1917, but it would to American Samoa.)
Screaming Jesus wrote:2. If a Puerto Rican departs Puerto Rico for the USA, he becomes liable for U.S. federal income tax. But what if he goes to Taiwan instead? (Would it matter if his plane passed through LAX?)
catfish13 wrote:So any US citizen can move to PR and get "reduced" to US national status to get out of paying federal taxes after a couple of years?
Edgar Allen wrote:So you could naturalise in PR and then move overseas and not be liable for US taxes - ever - as long as you don't go back to the US?
As far as I know, the only inhabited territories of the US which grants only US non-citizen nationality by birth are American Samoa and Swains Island. I can't find USCIS offices for them, however...
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