cross-posted from Quora
Toronto lawyer: FATCA U.S. tax + renunciation of citizenship
John Richardson, Lawyer (1982-present)
What if Meghan Markle’s child is born a U.S. citizen? Would the child have any immediate tax and information reporting requirements to the IRS?
I note that the question (1) assumes that Ms. Markle’s child is a U.S. citizen and (2) the question focuses on BOTH tax and reporting requirements.
Would Meghan Markle’s children be U.S. citizens?
The majority view is “YES” her children would automatically be U.S. citizens. My minority view is “NO” – they would have the right to be U.S. citizens but not the obligation to be U.S. citizens. I have previously explained my reasoning on Quora here:
John Richardson’s answer to Could Meghan Markle’s children apply for US citizenship?
But, assuming that her child will be born a U.S. citizen, then
To be perfectly clear:
With the exception of gifts/bequests received from a “covered expatriate” the recipient of a gift is NOT required to pay tax on the value of the gift.
The recipient of a gift or bequest may be subject to penalty laden reporting requirements. These reporting requirements apply even though the value of the gift is NOT subject to tax.
Furthermore, this answer is really a “thought experiment” which explores the absurdity of certain aspects of the Internal Revenue Code apply to the lives of Americans abroad.
Here we go …