According to government data, more Americans confirmed to have renounced their citizenship as it has hit a new high, up 26 percent from 2015, to a new record 5,411. The IRS reportedly publishes the names of those individuals quarterly. Before 2011, fewer than 1,000 individuals chose to expatriate each year, the data found.
Yet many cases were not counted, according to Forbes. The report did not show why many Americans made the decison, although money could certainly be a factor.
The report pointed out that the U.S. is one of the few countries that taxes based on nationality. American citizens are liable to pay U.S. taxes even if they live abroad.
The number of Americans renouncing citizenship had set a record for 2015 as well, up 58 percent from the previous year, Forbes pointed out.
Some of the most recent Homeland Security data showed that more than a million legal immigrants to the U.S. received green cards in 2015.