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Coronavirus and tax?

Brits returning - residence for tax purposes

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Anyone since any official HMRC announcement yet on whether Brits who return from China on government advice will be allowed to remain non-UK tax resident?

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Lone Wolf
By Lone_Wolf
31st Jan 2020 16:43

They'll probably not last until submitting their tax returns anyway so don't worry about it.

Christ, the rest of us might not either...

I'm away to live in the mountains.

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By Accountant A
31st Jan 2020 16:50

Absolutely does my nut in! All these (non UK tax paying) ex-pats complaining about the UK government (ie UK taxpayers) not doing enough to help.

And I bet they will get their non-residence status preserved while we look after them and their health for however long it takes!

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By Tax Dragon
31st Jan 2020 17:17

Think domicile...

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By Accountant A
31st Jan 2020 18:13

Tax Dragon wrote:

Think domicile...

Think who's paying for it!

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By Tax Dragon
31st Jan 2020 18:35

This conversation has the potential to become very distasteful indeed, so I'll make one observation and leave it at that. (This isn't an analysis... my brain is too far gone for that... whose idea was it to put January at this time of year?!)

I know nothing about the personal circumstances of the people involved. I don't act for any of them and the folk I do act for have been keeping me occupied recently, so I have seen less news than otherwise I might have.

The observation is simply that someone who has cut their ties with the UK to the extent that their domicile is no longer in the UK, probably wouldn't return to the UK at times of trouble. Compare... was it Goldsmith? (And that's ignoring the changes to the deemed domicile rules a year or three back.)

I'll leave my comment there.

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By Tax Dragon
01st Feb 2020 09:39

I've had my best sleep in ages. Waking up, I wanted to make sure that I hadn't said anything in that comment that I wished I hadn't said. Had I been fresher, I might have said "come home to" rather than "return to"; I think that makes the point more clearly. And I probably wouldn't have referred to Goldsmith. Not just because it was Brexit day (I'll be honest - other things were on my mind); I'm not sure of the relevance. But I don't see a need to edit the comment; I do apologise if others think I should.

[Starting sentences with And, Not and But; go me!]

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By paul.benny
02nd Feb 2020 09:06

There is probably just a handful of people who are affected by this (at present).

I would guess that HMRC will deal with them on a case by case basis rather than creating precedents.

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By maurice
07th Feb 2020 10:59

Ignoring all the distasteful comments, the only real response here is that from Montrose. Two days ago I called HMRC (non-resident help desk) and was told that HMRC has not yet made any announcement on this subject and so at present each case will be looked at on its own merits to see if RDR "Exceptional Circumstances" can help. BA cancelling flights to China seems pretty exceptional and out of the clients control (the two key criteria).
Sadly this isn't helping clients who want a greater degree of certainty.

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