Music legend Tina Turner to give up U.S. citizenship

It looks like soul legend Tina Turner is taking a big step away from the good old U.S. of A.

Turner recently filed paperwork with the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, to relinquish her American citizenship, The Washington Post reports, citing an official "activity report" from the embassy. The Post says Turner declared that she has few connections to the country of her birth other than family and she "has no plans to reside in the United States in the future."

Turner, 73, has lived in Switzerland for almost 20 years. She became a citizen of the country in April. In July, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and eight-time Grammy winner married longtime boyfriend Erwin Bach, a German music producer.

"Relinquishing" citizenship is not quite the same as "renouncing" it, but as tax attorney Phil Hodgen of Hodgen Law PC in Pasadena, Calif., explained in a blog post in August, "you end up in the same place — you are no longer a U.S. citizen. It's just how you get there."


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