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Tina Turner

Goodbye America

I'm Gonna Be a Swiss Citizen

1/25/2013 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0124-tina-turner-swizerland-gettyWilliam Tell may no longer be the most famous Swiss person in history ... 'cause Tina Turner says she's renouncing her U.S. citizenship to become a full-fledged citizen of Switzerland.

Turner -- who was born in Nutbush, Tennessee -- has been living in Zurich since the mid-90s ... and according to multiple reports, she's decided to make Switzerland her permanent home.

According to a local Swiss newspaper, officials in Switzerland have already decided to GRANT Turner's request for citizenship ... and now it's only a matter of time before the move becomes official.

We called Turner's rep for comment -- who told us she was still trying to get in touch with Tina to clarify the situation.

Also ... yeah, William Tell was Swiss. The more you know ...

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califire    

People is switzerland dont like black people, she'll be back

552 days ago
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Figowee    

See ya!

552 days ago
93.

califire    

Bitch you aint going nowhere. - Ike turner

552 days ago
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kmraimo0908    

Nice way to protect your money from getting taxed to death by the US Government

552 days ago
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MC    

Actually, blacks in Switzerland are not treated as well as a native Swiss. Neither are white non-natives.

This has NOTHING to do with race. Turner's been living in Switzerland for many years. If it was because of treatment of her race as some commenters have suggested, she could just continue to do so. But to avoid US taxes you must renounce your citizenship. This is a tax dodge, pure and simple.

Taxes are about more than just rates. Income is taxed very low by the Swiss, and Switzerland taxes banking, investments and other financial instruments to fund their country. Tina will do much better in Switzerland. Apparently money is more important to her than her country. Renouncing your citizenship is a big, big deal. Your re-entry to US is never guaranteed. A friend of mine renounced his citizenship for Switzerland and it's an enormous decision.

552 days ago
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David    

She reminds me of a man in drag. Her voice is also manly. Bye dyke bitch Let all blacks move to Sweden and see what a mess they make of that country. Just like they have wherever they go.

552 days ago
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califire    

shes a one hit wonder, shes only famous for getting beat down by ike

552 days ago
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sophiastormy    

Smart move. She will no longer have to deal with American taxes.

552 days ago
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fleabag73    

Go Tina! She looks FABULOUS. Plenty of people live in Europe, but I don't know squat about tax laws, but I would imagine that's why she';s making it official.

552 days ago
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Violent Pope    

See you later Ho.

552 days ago
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USArmy    

Give me a break. This has nothing to do with being black in America. This is all about taxes and ways to avoid paying your fair share. I'm surprised more aren't leaving thanks to Obama.

552 days ago
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cindy    

Good for you Tina Switzerland is a beautiful place and they adore you there. With everything you went through in your earlier life you deserve all the love joy and happiness.

552 days ago
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Turboman    

Don't let the door hit you. Who cares leave I will drink a glass of wine to your leaving. But don't come back !!

552 days ago
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Diamond Goddess!    

Good for Tina!!!
Why keep paying taxes here to support all the lazy, deadweight in this country.
Monaco is also a great tax haven.

552 days ago
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Realist    

Expect to see more and more of this. The rich are gonna pack up and leave. No reason to pay for the slackers who don't wanna work. There are plenty of other countries that afford you the same "freedom" we all claim to only have here, and they don't tax you to death in the process.

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