Today, I got an e-mail from Mike. Mike is now a US Citizen, but also recently re-acquired his Philippine Citizenship as well. He has a few concerns.
Let’s have a look:
I am living in the U.S. right now but personal circumstances are forcing me to live back in the Philippines, and I might stay there for a long period of time. I have a dual citizenship, and you did mentioned that if a person has both American and Philippine citizenship, he can stay in the Philippines for as long as he wants without loosing his U.S. citizenship. I have a couple of concerns; first: Technically I am still a U.S. citizen, so do I need to pay taxes to the American government while living in the Philippines even if I have Philippine citizenship too? I heard U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. are being burdened with taxes owed to the U.S. gov. Second, lets say I stayed in the Philippines for 10 years and decide to come back to the U.S., will I have problems with immigration officials at my port of entry since I stayed outside the U.S. for a very long time?
Thank you Bob, I will very much appreciate your advice and assistance. Sincerely, Mike
Nice to hear from you. Let’s have a look at your questions.
You are correct that if a person is a Dual Citizen of the USA and the Philippines, he can stay in the Philippines or in the USA as long as he wants to stay. He can never be denied entry into either country, no longer how long he has been gone. As a citizen of the country, you are always welcome there!
As for taxes, yes, you will always be liable for US taxes, as long as you are a US citizen. The United States is one of the few countries that taxes worldwide income. It does not matter where you earn the money, or where you live. If you are a US Citizen, you must pay US taxes on the money you earn.
You will always be allowed to enter the USA, since you are a citizen. Well you have trouble? Not really. The immigration officials may ask you some questions, like why you left the US for so long, what you have been doing abroad and such, but in the end, they must allow you entry, because you are a citizen.
Take care, Mike!