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Is P85 mandatory?

Left UK didn't fill P85

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I left the UK for good about 2.5 years ago. Neither before I left nor after I haven't filed P85 or otherwise informed HMRC about my departure. However I was not working and was not obliged to file Self-Assessment in the tax year and the tax year before I left the country. My last Self-Assessment was submited 2-3 years before I decided to leave, after that it was closed. So I didn't owe anything as well as I didn't expect any refunds. 

Was P85 a mandatory form to submit in my case? If yes, are there any penalties or other consequences for its late submission? If it is not mandatory, is it worh submitting it after more than 2 years, taking into account that I might be planning to return to the UK sometime in future?

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Scooby
By gainsborough
31st Jul 2020 10:43

As you did not have a self-assessment requirement, you would have only needed to complete a P85 if you were moving abroad permanently or going to work abroad full-time for at least one complete tax year.

If neither of those apply to you then you should, as a minimum, ensure that HMRC have your correct overseas correspondence address on their records.

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By Weq1
31st Jul 2020 13:26

I left the UK for the foreseeable future at least.
If I send them P85 now few years after I left the country, to keep everything in order, will there be any penalties for late submission?

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Scooby
By gainsborough
31st Jul 2020 13:59

I believe that the P85 is a non-statutory form, so shouldn't be any issues if you did not have UK income sources after you left.

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By Paul D Utherone
03rd Aug 2020 10:58

gainsborough wrote:

I believe that the P85 is a non-statutory form, so shouldn't be any issues if you did not have UK income sources after you left.


When I checked for a client a few months back it appeared that the forms were no longer required by HMRC and one dealt with it through Residence pages in the SA return. So on the face of it, if you were not in SA, and had no other reason to advise HMRC of the change of status, there is no issue
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