Planners should pay close attention to a new U.S. tax statute that will take effect in the 2012 tax year that experts say could make it difficult for their clients to keep their American citizenship and their foreign-based assets at the same time.

Starting in 2013, “Americans living abroad are going to find it very hard to maintain assets abroad,” said H. David Rosenbloom, director of the International Tax Program at the New York University School of Law. “There are a lot of repercussions for planners.”

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