True, there are instances when you may not be taxed in the UK if you are here for less than 183 days, but certain conditions need to be satisfied and often these are not met. In a lot of cases, the individual is taxable in the UK even though they are in the UK for less than 183 days and may not be tax resident.
Where you are paid does not generally determine what is taxable in the UK (Only in certain situations will this be important). The UK taxes on a source basis, therefore, if you are carrying out work in the UK, this is taxable in the UK no matter where you are paid from or by whom.
If you normally live in the UK and are not absent from the UK for a certain amount of time or retain ties with the UK, you may remain taxable in the UK on your worldwide income, possibly being in a double tax situation where you are taxed twice on the same income.
Short assignments, as well as short periods of time overseas, often cause the most problems, with double tax issues arising because say UK tax residence hasn’t been broken, but the individual has become resident and/or taxable in the country they are visiting
A common misconception with Brits leaving the UK. Depending on your circumstances, you could well remain taxable in the UK even if you are not a UK tax resident.
Such myths can cause the unwary to get into trouble with the tax authorities and can incur large tax bills, which include penalties surcharges and interest. In the UK, these penalties can be up to a 100% of the outstanding tax due (up to 200% in certain circumstances).
Beware of friends or associates who try to advise you on your tax situation, as so often what is suitable advice for one person is not suitable for another.
When you engage our services, there’s no danger of being passed down to a junior member of staff, without the relevant experience or knowledge or being passed onto an offshore centre. You speak directly to Juliet Connolly (Click here for details of Juliet’s background), who will deal personally with all your tax affairs from a wealth of experience and knowledge.
That’s just one benefit of coming to UK Expat - professional advisers you can trust.
Juliet Connolly has co-written these books for, not only Britsh expats living overseas, but also for any individuals living abroad with interests in the UK or vising the UK, whether for work or pleasure. Click on the books for further details of what is covered and how to purchase them. Are you an employer in the UK sending employees overseas to work? If yes, these books are ideal to give employees before they leave the UK and could potentially replace departure meetings.
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Many thanks Juliet for seeing Mum at such short notice and helping us all feel safe!
Julie Macey of Oxford whose mother was emigrating to Australia