I am at the behest of the US Embassy in London. I have to wait until they are open to accept a CRBA for non urgent travel and they will process the birth cert and SSN at the same time - it took about 4 weeks a few years ago but I suspect with Covid expect that to be double that. If in the UK everyting is opening up Late June - I don't expect to have the SSN before Mid to late August at the earliest.Either way, your first step is to register your last child's birth with the Embassy and fill out the application for a SSN, if you haven't done so already.
Does this mean that if I ever become a tax payer - these advance tax credits that I am receving now will not be available to me. Makes sense.Remember that these stimulus payments are only advances to a tax credit -- you'll have to "settle-up" with the IRS when you file your annual returns.
If the third is for the year 2021 do I still claim that in my tax return for 2020 as its given in advance?Remember, the first two tranches of stimulus payments were advances to the 2020 tax credit. The third will be for 2021
I don't know but could you hazard a guess at what someone would charge to complete my tax return?I hope your father is getting a discount.
He will foot the bill but neither do I want him to be taken advantage of. My father came to visit us a few years back and over dinner we had a friend come over who is GP, my father was talking about his health and medical issues whilst gushing about his Dr who he had been seeing over the last 10 years on a regular basis. My GP friend abruptly asked him, why hasn't he been assessed for a low thyroid as it seemed to him to be the most obvious cause of his problems. On his return to the US, my father duly asked his Dr to get his thyroid levels checked and low and behold, he had an underactive thyroid that had been misdiagnised for so long.With that said there are a couple of reasons to let you Dad "win" on this one (remember, he only has his little girl's "best interests at heart,") especially, if he's footing the bill:
If your spouse is not a US person there is no need for an ITIN.I had a quick look at form 1040 - my status would be "Married Filing Separately" - but before I could file I would need to get an ITIN number for my Husband using form W-7?
Married Filing Separately
.... If your spouse doesn’t have and isn’t required to have an SSN or ITIN, enter “NRA.”
Thanks so much 255. I really appreciate your help, I hope others in similar position can take your advice as well.c. My brother-in-law just relayed to me that H&R Block (a U.S. tax preparation firm, not necessarily a CPA, that his parents had used "forever") charged him $300.00 to complete their return and they owed zero tax, their only income is social security, well under the standard deduction. He'll never do that again! My mother routinely paid her CPA $500.00 (with me doing all the prep. work.) There are tax preparation firms that will charge a small fee to review and electronically file a return, for as little as $25.00. I've seen tax prep. fees in the thousands (a lot of people think they are getting a superior result, if they pay more.) My daughter does income taxes, as a side hustle, and she routinely charges $150.00, for a "basic" return. The last few years, she had to pay $60.00 per return to file electronically. This year she changed software firms and paid a flat $950 to file up to 100 clients returns. My guess is that your father's CPA will charge about $500.00 per return, although it will be "whatever the market will bear," in his location. NYC CPAs will charge more than CPAs in Laredo, TX My son has very complicated returns and he routinely pays $2-3000.00 per year. CPA fees are all over the map.
d. I think $150.00, for each of your "simple" returns would be fair. I certainly wouldn't pay more than $200.00, knowing he has charges to file electronically. After all, he is only completing one worksheet and filing in one line on your return. Cheers, 255
Tell me about it. I have been on the London Embassy website everyday for over 6 months. I think there are many in this situation. We were planning to travel to the US in the summer - so it's a waiting game.Don't expect speedy service on that CRBA or SSN:
Consular appointments for U.S. citizens overseas are nearly impossible to come by as many embassies, plagued by Covid restrictions and staff reductions, remain all but closed.www.nytimes.com
You should be able to use a UK passport for the newest arrival. Not strictly kosher but as long as it gets you on the plane, you can probably deal with any fallout after arrival. The whole US citizens must use US passports thing is a bit overblown - spoken as a dual citizen who's had very little trouble crossing the border using a Canadian passport with US birthplace.Tell me about it. I have been on the London Embassy website everyday for over 6 months. I think there are many in this situation. We were planning to travel to the US in the summer - so it's a waiting game.