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Claiming Tax

I worked out of the uk and have done for some time but i have rarely seen any tax refunds over the last eight years. Last April'12 i received £900. I now work outside the uk permanently whilst still being employed by a uk company. I live in Thailand but remain resident of the uk, i.e still paying income tax and nat ins. After lengthy research i think the best option for me is to nominate an agent to claim on my behalf refunding me the difference after fees are paid and take care of my tax on a yearly basis.
 
So i live in Thailand, work for a uk comapnay paying uk income tax and nat ins, i come to the uk once a year on holiday for two weeks, i currently work in Australia for no more than 3 months at a time, then spend 1 month in Thailand. My future works will be Europe,Asia/Pacific area i don't for-see living in the uk until i retire(im currently 30 yrs old). I have no financial connections to the uk or children etc.
 
How do we go about tackling this and what fees i should be paying to tax adviser.

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25th Jan 2013 12:02

Need lots more information to provide proper advice

Need lots more information to provide you with useful advice like

1) When did you start working outside the UK?

2) Is this a formal arrangement that you work outside the UK? How long is the arrangement for?

3) Do you do any work in the UK when you visit?

4) Where do you live normally? Where is your family?

5) Where do you have a permanent home?

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25th Jan 2013 14:30

Further Information

 

1) When did you start working outside the UK?

I have been working out of the uk on and off for the past 7 years, this tax year i have been working out of the uk for around 7 months.

2) Is this a formal arrangement that you work outside the UK? How long is the arrangement for?

I have an arrangement with my employer to keep me working outside of the uk for the foreseeable future, a letter from my employer can be arranged.

3) Do you do any work in the UK when you visit?

No

4) Where do you live normally? Where is your family?

I now normally live in Thailand, i have rented property there with my Girlfriend. My immediate family are in the uk, but i have no children

5) Where do you have a permanent home?

Permanent home is now in Thailand, i have cut all ties to the uk.

 

I hope this helps, i look forward to your reply

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25th Jan 2013 14:39

Further

raviraval wrote:

 

2) Is this a formal arrangement that you work outside the UK? How long is the arrangement for?

I have an arrangement with my employer to keep me working outside of the uk for the foreseeable future, a letter from my employer can be arranged.

 

 

When did the arrangement above start?

Also curious as to what you do to be paid from the UK but working wholly outside it. How do you receive your salary if not into a UK Bank account?

 

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28th Jan 2013 09:59

I am a wind turbine installation and service technician,I've been with global wind since May 2012, before this i was with various companies travelling around Europe. I am know in the Asia/Pacific market.

 I'm currently on a 4 Year business visa in Australia (Multiple entry). My Rota is 3 months on 1 month off. Like i said in previous email i return to Thailand on my downtime. A friend of mine working for the same company has successfully reclaimed over £10k on previous tax years, that is why i'm looking to do the same. I understand that the tax system is complicated and would tackle this myself. I have bank statements far back as may 2011, boarding cards, receipts from countries  i've been in proving my whereabouts. I think the complication lies on figuring out my residency and domicile status. My salary does get paid to my uk account, this could change in the near future as im looking at opening an international account with citybank. I hope this helps if you need anymore information ill gladly pass it on to you. www.globalwindservice.com (website of the company i work for).

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28th Jan 2013 13:22

Lots of issues

There are lots of issues here and would suggest you speak to a tax adviser/accountant to advise as I am still unclear as to your residency position - further questions/dates are required.

However, assuming that you qualify for the 'Full time working abroad' test under HMRC6 (part 8 onwards but especially 8.5),

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/cnr/hmrc6.pdf

You will be non-resident in the UK from the day after your departure from the UK. Accordingly, you will be not taxable in the UK on your employment income from that date onwards. It would be recommended to fill in Form P85. If HMRC issue you with an 'NT' PAYE code then your employer can pay you without deducting any tax.

You will have to file UK tax returns to claim back overpaid tax.

For tax purposes you are now probably resident in Australia/Thailand etc depending on circumstances and you should be paying tax there.

Finally, tax is not the only issue to think about. For NI purposes you should cease to become liable to Class 1 after 52 weeks of going abroad (assuming you have gone to a 'non-agreement' country such as Australia/Thaland). When this happens, Voluntary Class 2 contributions may be recommended to keep your entitlement to UK benefits such as State Pension etc.

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29th Jan 2013 09:38

Many thanks

This information was really very helpful.

 

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28th Jan 2013 14:12

To answer your question:-

You need to talk to two or three advisers in more detail and then appoint one of us to deal with your UK affairs. We cannot really give you an idea of fees without a lot more personal information.

You could PM some of us from here or look for a local Aussie or Thai with a UK background.

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