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Is a bonus taxable?

I have a client who has asked this question that I am unsure of the answer, can anyone help?

There is one special situation on which I’d like your advice.

We lived in Korea throughout the tax year.   In May 2011 I was paid a special bonus of 50k. This was based upon my employer earnings and cashflow during their financial year 2010 (during which I was employed in Korea and was a non-resident for tax purposes).   Do I need to include this on my tax return? (company tax adviser has said that I should include a % based upon the fact that the original bonus scheme was set up before I left the UK).

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By kdauda
05th Dec 2012 14:52

Tax year that earnings are "for"

There is not enough information above to give you a definite answer. In particular your client's residency status in each tax year is not immediately obvious from the post.  I imagine the 'company tax adviser' is making reference to the year that the earnings are 'for', which may be relevant for taxpayers who RECEIVE a bonus or other earnings in a tax year in which they are not UK resident FOR a prior tax year in which they were UK resident.

For more detail, you can start by looking at HMRC Employment Income Manual EIM40005 onwards:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/eim40005.htm

 

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