Robert W. Wood , CONTRIBUTOR
As the dust settles on a long new list of Americans who renounced their citizenship, one organization's refrain is to renounce US citizenship not because of Trump, but because of American taxes. The latest quarterly list published in the Federal Register names the individuals who renounced their U.S. citizenship, or who terminated their long-term U.S. residency (green cards), during the second quarter of 2017. The total for the first quarter of 2017 was 1,313. The number on the second quarter's list went up to 1,759, which is the second highest quarterly number ever (second only to the fourth quarter of 2016 which had 2,365 published expatriates). Some observers may want to blame President Trump for the spike, but it is much more likely that longstanding tax issues are the real culprits.