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Dual Nationality ?

Post Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:44 pm

What are the pros and cons of dual Portuguese/British nationality ? Has anybody applied or obtained it ?


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Re: Dual Nationality ?

Post Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 2:40 pm

Hi moon,

Sorry to take so long to get back to you!

Dual Portuguese/British nationality? Isn’t it some kind of birthright? If you are British and your partner is Portuguese and you had a child you could apply for dual nationality for that child …. I think.

I don’t really know. Confused


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Re: Dual Nationality ?

Post Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:08 pm

Gridge is right about Nationality but maybe you mean something else. The two states commonly discussed are Residence and Domicile.
Your country of residence is only optional to the extent that (a) you can conceal the truth, or (b) you can plan where to spend your time. The rule is that you are resident in whatever country you spend 183 or more days in a tax year. HMRC states that there are no exceptions.
Domicile is a subject I contributed to on this forum a couple of months ago. It is most likely to be important for Inheritance Tax and my information was that you would find it very difficult to escape the clutches of HMRC in the UK. I have had more professional advice since then and, in brief, if you maintain an interest in a home in the UK, HMRC will not accept that you are domiciled elsewhere. If, when asked about your future intentions, you immediately say that you have no intention of returning to the UK and if you have no property or other interests there (visiting relatives and maintaining a bank account through which a pension is paid are OK) then after you have been in Portugal (or elsewhere) for 3 complete tax years those handling your estate will be able to convince HMRC that you are domiciled in your adopted country. As there is no IHT in Portugal this makes a big difference to your beneficiaries if your assets exceed the IHT threshold of about £300,000 and, if your last thought is the UK taxman, you may even pop your clogs with a smile on your face!



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Re: Dual Nationality ?

Post Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:28 am

Interesting stuff Bill.


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