As you no doubt know (assuming you read this blog), I am an American, my wife is French, and our daughter was born Saturday morning here in Amsterdam. Yesterday I registered our daughter's birth with Statsdeel West and our daughter now has an international birth certificate. If we remain in the Netherlands until she's 18, she may choose Dutch citizenship if she wishes. She automatically has French citizenship (via my wife) and I was told I have to register her birth with the US consulate and this registration will automatically give her US citizenship. That's where the problem arises. Update: it turns out that under US law, my daughter is automatically a US citizen. The question is actually whether or not I should register her and alert the US authorities to her existence.
|The US is in dubious company here|
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- North Korea
- The Philippines
- The former USSR
But getting back to the issue at hand, I've been reading quite a bit to find out if IRS international tax requirements apply to my daughter. Given that I can find no exemption whatsoever for my daughter's situation, should I choose her citizenship for her or should I let her choose it when she's 18? I live in Europe now and have no intention of moving back to the US, so that's not an issue while she's living with us, but by the time she's an adult, I've no idea how the law might change.
|She didn't ask for this|
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For those who think I'm worrying about nothing, not only did I previously mention a UK gentleman I know who discovered that he owes a huge amount of money to the US government because he happens to be a US citizen (apparently his father registered him at the US embassy after he was born, the same situation I'm facing). I'm also discovering that others are finding themselves in the same predicament.
Of course I want my daughter to have US citizenship, but do I really want to burden her with a tax obligation to a country she won't be raised in and may never live or work in?