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US tax headache for Meghan Markle and the royal family

double taxed because of US tax

According to Business Insider actress Meghan Markle may be double taxed because of US tax.

Hollywood actress Meghan Markle will soon become the newest member of the British royal family, which commands a fortune over $ 500 million. But romping in their riches may cost her extra because of US tax laws.

Markle is a citizen of the United States and is living in the UK on a family visa. As the fiancée of British Prince Harry Markle will have to marry within six months of obtaining the visa to maintain her status.

Markle’s family visa will be effective in 2.5-year increments and she won’t be granted permanent residency until she’s lived in the UK for five years. After that, she can apply for UK citizenship and potentially become a dual citizen of the US and the UK.

US tax for Markle regardless where she earns it

All the while, the actress will be filing and perhaps paying US tax to the IRS on any income she makes — regardless of where she earns it.

US citizens, green card holders, and permanent residents are always required to file US tax returns with the IRS every year no matter where they reside. US citizens, including Meghan Markle, must file and subsequentially could get taxed on international income earned outside the US.

The key for Markle and her advisors would be to figure out what type of income she will be getting. Will this income be from the investments of a trust, or ‘wages’ for any work that she does, or any other type of income like priceless ring she got from Prince Harry. Sometimes, getting one form of income is more advantageous than another.

Markle could cause US tax headaches for the royal family. If she becomes a dual US/UK citizen, Markle will have to continue filing her taxes each year with the IRS.

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Source: Business Insider