NEW YORK: Talk about being born with a silver spoon in your mouth: The royal baby of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be particularly glittering.
And the US tax authorities will want to know how much this utensil costs is worth.
This is because the baby has dual nationality: British for his father and American for his American mother, whose official title is Duchess of Sussex.
"When one of the parents is American has been living in the US for five years and is at least two years old after the age of 14. The baby is automatically a citizen," said David Treitel, founder of American Tax Returns, a consulting firm for UK expatriates living in the United Kingdom.
"This is the case with Meghan," Treitel said, noting that this case is the first in the British royal family.
US citizenship brings with it a wealth of restrictive conditions: Like every American who is born, he grows everywhere and dies the world, year after year, Meghan and Harry's. The child must prove to the Internal Revenue Service Tax status is clean.
From birth on, money deposited by royal parents in banks to ensure a bright future for their descendants – must be duly reported to the helmsman.
The same is true of the money that comes in when mom and dad decide to follow the child in the footsteps of his ex-actress to become a star on TV or in movies.
Forget about privacy, said Treitel. The IRS will "learn much more about the couple's assets" through the tax returns of the couple and their mother. "Much more information will come to the US," he added.
That is, the IRS will demand all valuable gifts from non-Americans to Harry and Meghan's child – and he's going to be celebrated, right? ? – be declared as assets.
"Imagine the queen giving the baby a nice fine art book from the royal collection with paintings by Van Gogh or Miro, and if this gift is worth more than $ 100,000, it's notifiable," Treitel said ,
However, baby shower gifts that Markle recently received in New York need not be explained when they come from American fellow citizens, the expert said.
And though the baby and mother must be present Forms that will be very time consuming for their accountants may not have to pay much tax: these can be offset by tariffs paid in the UK, tax specialist Laura Saunders told the Wall Street Journal.
US Tax Authorities "Efforts to closely monitor American emigrants can have serious consequences for people whose only connection with America is simply being born there."
This is the case of so-called "random Americans" – such as thousands of people in France who recur automatically. They had US citizenship because they were born in the US but left America as young children and no longer have any connections to the country has.
Since the adoption of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act In 2010, which replaced the criterion of nationality with the tax domicile, these individuals are required to report their income to the US tax authorities and in some cases even spit some money.
Many of these individuals left the US when they were very young. The Random Americans Association, which brings them together, asked President Donald Trump to find a solution to his dilemma last year.
Your status can be a touchy subject. If they refuse to play ball with the US tax authorities, their banks can be punished at home. Thus, these institutions can deny them services such as bank accounts and mortgages.
To a lesser extent, the British Royal Family can not evade its US tax obligations: A flawed tax return can lead to heavy fines.
But there is a solution To avoid headaches for the royal couple's accountants: Meghan can renounce her US citizenship. But even if she does, tax returns for the child up to the age of 18 would have to be filed.