More Americans are giving up their citizenship and it's not because of Trump

Remember during the presidential election when many celebrities and other high-profile people said they would move to another country if Donald Trump was elected president.

Well, it's 2017 and people are leaving, with more and more Americans are living abroad and renouncing their citizenship.

But, don't blame it all on the guy in the White House.

Experts say this rarely has anything to do with politics, but with taxes.

There are an estimated nine million Americans who live outside of the United States.

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CNBC says that a recent survey by Greenback Expat Tax Services shows that just over 4 out of 10 respondents wouldn't rule out ditching their citizenship.

This is partly because Americans abroad must file a report of foreign bank and financial accounts if one account outside the U.S. has over $10,000 dollars in it.

However, getting your tax information isn't as easy as the already complicated 1099 form in the U.S. is and if you don't file your FBAR you face violation fees of up to $10,000 dollars.

If you knowingly disregard the requirement, you could pay as much as $100,000 in penalties or 50% of what the balance in your account is.

Bailing on citizenship is also up. The U.S. Treasury reports that, in 2016, a record number of 5,411 people renounced their citizenship or long-term residence, up from the 4,249 in 2015.

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