How many current passports do you have???

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Jack_OC

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Because you only have 2 parents...
You can get one from mum, one from dad and one for where you were born I suppose.

Unless you buy citizenship of somewhere else...

Eh ... I have an Aussie passport even though I wasn't born here and I have no Aussie ancestors. Just like a few million other immigrants to Oz! And no I didn't buy citizenship!

By the way, in some countries you can qualify for citizenship through your grandparents and in some cases where you are born automatically qualifies you for two passports - eg people born in Northern Ireland are entitled to both Irish and British citizenship. The same is true of people born anywhere on the island of Ireland prior to 1949.

So in theory, people could easily be entitled to more than 3 passports. I'm entitled to 3 without relying on where my parents were born (Australian, Irish and British), although I've never taken up the British one. If each of my parents came from other countries, I'd be entitled to 5 different passports!
 

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AUS has pretty much the same tax structure. In fact there is currently an amnesty on worldwide income before they come after you with their lawyers

The difference is that US citizens have to pay tax on worldwide income to the US govt, no matter where in the world they live. That's not the case with Australia, or any other country I know of.

You're correct that Australian residents for tax purposes have to pay tax on worldwide income, but Aussie citizens who are resident for tax purposes in other countries don't have to pay any tax in Australia. My former boss - an Aussie who lived in the US for a long time and then moved back - told me that the biggest mistake of his life was to take out US citizenship, specifically because of this tax issue.
 
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One.. Of course Australian...

Me too! How odd are we?

I was going to say three.....Aussie, Aussie, Aussie......but then thought about how much I despise that particular Occerism and declined to post my paltry one passport truth. It's making me feel, well, inadequate! :(
 

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Technically one expired last week but I have three (AUS/UK/USA)
 

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AUS has pretty much the same tax structure. In fact there is currently an amnesty on worldwide income before they come after you with their lawyers

The difference is that US citizens have to pay tax on worldwide income to the US govt, no matter where in the world they live. That's not the case with Australia, or any other country I know of.

You're correct that Australian residents for tax purposes have to pay tax on worldwide income, but Aussie citizens who are resident for tax purposes in other countries don't have to pay any tax in Australia. My former boss - an Aussie who lived in the US for a long time and then moved back - told me that the biggest mistake of his life was to take out US citizenship, specifically because of this tax issue.

The only other country that taxes based on citizenship and not residency is Eritrea. So there are two countries that do that, but realistically the IRS is more likely to cause you a headache that the Eritrean tax authorities.

What Jack3193 has written about the US tax system is correct.

In reality, due to a tax treaty between the US and Australian governments, $1 of tax paid to the ATO here offsets $1 of tax otherwise liable to the IRS, and due to generally higher rates of taxation in Australia, there isn't any tax liable to the US authorities at all. However, by law, a return must still be filed and the penalties for not doing so can be severe. The US also has a federal and a state based taxation system, and the laws pertaining to non-residents vary depending on the state, so dependent on which state you were last resident in, you may have to file a state tax return as well as a federal tax return!

For Australian resident US citizens it's mainly a paperwork nuisance but for US citizens residing in low or no taxing countries (think Hong Kong or the UAE), it comes with a monetary penalty. Foreign banks holding accounts for US citizens are required to report certain information to the IRS. Anecdotally, it results in some expatriates renouncing US citizenship.
 

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Not exactly on topic but I started the process of form-filling today for new passports for Mr SydneySwan junior who has just turned 16 and whose Australian and UK passports have both expired. It seems the UK now treat him as an adult and he will receive a 10 year UK adult passport. However Australia still regards him as a child and he can only get a 5 year child passport - he needs to be 18 to get an Australian adult passport.

I rather naively thought there would be some uniformity as to ages for child / adult passports but obviously not!
 

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Not exactly on topic but I started the process of form-filling today for new passports for Mr SydneySwan junior who has just turned 16 and whose Australian and UK passports have both expired. It seems the UK now treat him as an adult and he will receive a 10 year UK adult passport. However Australia still regards him as a child and he can only get a 5 year child passport - he needs to be 18 to get an Australian adult passport.

I rather naively thought there would be some uniformity as to ages for child / adult passports but obviously not!

FWIW The Scotish government also reduced the age for voting in the upcoming independence referendum from 18 to 16, so in their opinion 16yo is an adult, even though they're not old enough to drink.
 

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FWIW The Scotish government also reduced the age for voting in the upcoming independence referendum from 18 to 16, so in their opinion 16yo is an adult, even though they're not old enough to drink.

Ahh yes, wee Alex at his sleekit best.
In fairness you can marry at 16 in Scotland.
Don't think his trick will work.
 
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you can marry at 16 in Scotland.

That just depresses me. Hopefully all those poor 16yo sods realise they have a life to live before being turfed screaming into that particular institution! :shock: ;)
 
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You can get married at 16 in Australia too, you just have to seek permission from a court first. I assume (hope) it doesn't happen too often though!
 
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