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Civil Partnership in UK, what effects for the US
« on: November 15, 2019, 01:01:23 PM »
    It's been a while since I've posted here, as I've just be living the ex-pat life and getting on with things.

     I have a few questions (some not well formed because I'm not entirely sure what I'm asking) that I am hoping some people have experience with.

     I'm an American Ex-Pat who went through Tier 1 through to ILR and finally obtained UK citizenship in 2015.   My partner is a native Brit.   We've been dating since I arrived in 2008, but in spite of 10 years of 'when are you guys going to make it official' neither of us have ever really been that bothered.   However, we have now finally started talking about it and plan to get a civil partnership at some point in the future. 

     A few quick questions I have:

       - What effects will it have for him in the eyes of the US early on.   We don't plan on moving to the US anytime soon, but would I have to inform the US government that I'm civilly partnered?   I'm assuming the claws of the IRS world wide tax reporting would spare him until at some point in the future he may make the decision to apply for US citizenship?

       - Again, we have no immediate plans to move to the US, but if/when we do, is the process of getting him approval to live in the US differ depending on if we get 'civil partnership' or 'married'.

Sorry for the ill-formed questions, I don't know anyone else personally that is a US-UK dual citizen that married a UK citizen to bounce these questions off of, and just want to make sure we aren't setting ourselves up for further hassle with either the IRS in the short term, or Immigration in the longer term.


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Re: Civil Partnership in UK, what effects for the US
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2019, 01:58:05 PM »
It’s a very good question to ask. If you actually married then you would have to change your status on your US tax return to “Married filing Separately “ if you wish to keep his finances out of reach of the IRS. (You are not allowed to file as Single once married,).

I will be interested in hearing if a civil partnership in the UK is the same as “married” in the eyes of the IRS.
Dual USC/UKC living in the UK since May 2016

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