TaxPersonal TaxTaking Stock: Sicario actor Blunt over US citizenship

Taking Stock: Sicario actor Blunt over US citizenship

Emily Blunt claims tax considerations swayed her to take on US citizenship

ACTOR Emily Blunt has been fairly candid recently over the process of obtaining US citizenship, and TS couldn’t help but raise a smile when she admitted her move was primarily motivated by tax.

In an interview with The TimesStyle magazine, in which she discusses her latest film Sicario, she said that her decision to try for dual US/UK status was “mainly for tax reasons”.

TS was rather baffled given the US’s rather dichotomous attitude to taxation, somehow simultaneaously authoritarian, extra-territorial and riddled with reliefs, inconsistencies and loopholes. But there we are.

In any case, Blunt (pictured) added her decision was primarily to ensure she was in a “more protected position”.

She said: “It’s simply because I live there, and have done for seven years. My husband is American, my daughter is American: I will continue to live there, and that’s where my life is. It felt better to embrace it, and it’s certainly a more protected position for me to be in.”

Blunt has faced criticism from the US’s more right-wing media for poking fun at her newly-acquired passport.

She had joked that, after watching a Republican presidential candidate debate on TV she thought: “This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?”. She later apologised.

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