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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We were searching for a tax consultant to help us with our complex situation and were introduced to Juliet by a friend who publishes tax books for expats.
We are absolutely delighted and so grateful for this introduction as she has been such a support to us and manages to simplify such a difficult subject. Since our first communication with her she made us feel at ease and her vast knowledge in the area was evident. She has designed detailed personalised advice and guidance documents for us, tailored exactly to our needs and situation which are both clear and organised in such a way that it makes this very complicating subject easier for us to follow.
Juliet is not only clearly a professional and expert in her field but she is also patient, calm and kind and we have total confidence in her. We have now established a formal ongoing relationship with her as our official tax consultant/accountant which we are thrilled about.
I really can’t stress how grateful we are for the initial introduction. This was an area in our lives which filled us with anxiety and confusion but since meeting Juliet, she continues to provide personal support and guidance to all of our concerns and questions, however trivial or complex. Thank you so much Juliet, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you.
Mr and Mrs G Lo Presti