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Can I work as employee for Spanish company in uk

Can i return to UK and continue working remotely for my Spanish employer?

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I currently live and work in Spain as a contracted employee for a Spanish company, however, I have to return to the UK for about 12 months. The company I work for in Spain would like me to work remotely from the UK until return to Spain in 2022. Is this possible? Thanks in advance. 

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By Wanderer
03rd Dec 2020 04:26

Member Since: 2nd Dec 2020
Jo57
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Jo57 wrote:
Can I work as employee for Spanish company in uk
Can i return to UK and continue working remotely for my Spanish employer?

I currently live and work in Spain as a contracted employee for a Spanish company, however, I have to return to the UK for about 12 months. The company I work for in Spain would like me to work remotely from the UK until return to Spain in 2022. Is this possible? Thanks in advance. 

Yes, it is possible, in fact quite common.
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By johngroganjga
03rd Dec 2020 10:08

Whether it is possible depends entirely what kind of work it is that you do. If you are a hairdresser, for example, it is completely impossible to work remotely. You know everything about what you do, but you have shared none of it with the readers of your post. Why can you not work out the answer to your question yourself, and why on earth do you think it is an accountancy question?

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By Arthur Putey
03rd Dec 2020 12:28

There is a clue in their "profile" - customer services.

If the OP had asked whether performing their duties remotely had any UK tax implications for them or their employer, that would make it an accountancy question, and its probably what they meant.

Whether this site is rhe right place for the public to ask such questions is a separate matter, but they have, seemingly in good faith, so and they should expect some courtesy.

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By johngroganjga
03rd Dec 2020 13:09

Well they might have meant to ask about that, but the simple fact is that they didn’t. They asked about something else entirely.

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By pauld
03rd Dec 2020 13:29

Yes i think it will be possible for you to work in the UK. It sounds like all you will need is a laptop, a mobile phone and of course somewhere to live and you will be good to go !

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By Anonymous.
03rd Dec 2020 13:47

Jo57 wrote:

I currently live and work in Spain as a contracted employee for a Spanish company, however, I have to return to the UK for about 12 months. The company I work for in Spain would like me to work remotely from the UK until return to Spain in 2022. Is this possible? Thanks in advance. 

Assuming that you were asking about tax, has your employer told you what the tax consequences are, in Spain, of the proposed arrangement?

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By Moo
03rd Dec 2020 14:26

Sarcastic responses aside this question touches on an increasing issue of taxpayers working remotely across borders and how this affects their tax and residence positions. Depending on the exact dates it is likely that the OP will be suffering payroll taxes in Spain but will be caught as UK tax resident too and liable to tax here in UK. They need to be asking what UK tax support the Spanish employer will be giving them.

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By Tax Dragon
03rd Dec 2020 15:00

Is this a visa question?

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By pauld
03rd Dec 2020 15:12

visa've no idea !

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By booksbalanced
03rd Dec 2020 15:23

Hello Jo57,
you need to consider also your healthcare - as a typical UK employee, and resident, you would pay UK NI, and be covered to use the NHS.
As an employee on a spanish payroll, will you continue to pay Spanish social security? - that would not cover you to use the UK NHS.
You may need to consult an overseas employment specialist, as your situation is not run of the mill, and the likelihood of you becoming UK tax resident, as per an earlier reply, will also have to be factored in to your decision to accept this role.
If the Spanish company has a UK arm, and that UK arm could employ you whilst you're living in the UK, that may make your life much simpler.

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