If your looking to give up U.S. citizenship, it is now going to cost you $450 to do so. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/03/us-boosts-passport-fees-s_n_1252906.html This is most likely due to the massive increase of renunciation of U.S. citizenship that has occurred over the past few years. In 2008, only 146 people gave up U.S. Citizenship in that year by 2010 that number had increased to 1,534 and in 2011 1,024 had done so in the first 1/2 of the year. It would be interesting to find out the average tax savings of the people that have given up U.S. citizenship over the past several years. I was reading an article a few months ago about a women that had been living in Switzerland for the past several years was paying $50,000 to basically keep a U.S. passport.