How to pay UK taxes when living abroad

The basic rule: when you live abroad you still have to pay income tax on any income that you earn from the UK.

Do I pay taxes in UK if I live abroad?

Yes. You will pay taxes on:

  1. Wages/salary
  2. Pension
  3. Rental income
  4. When you sell residential property in UK
  5. Savings interest and dividends.

How do I avoid double taxation?

The country you live in may also tax you on your UK income.

If your country of residence has a double-taxation agreement with UK you can avoid this by claiming a tax relief in UK -- so you pay taxes only once.

What if I'm employed by a UK company but I am resident elsewhere?

If you are employed by a UK company but live abroad, your employer may set you up as a non-resident employee:

  • you only have to pay the UK income tax on the fraction of the year you spent working in UK
  • the remainder of your income is taxed in your home country.

Make sure to check with your employer.

How do I report and file my income from abroad?

You cannot directly use HMRC's online services to file your tax return.

Your taxes have to be filed either by:

  • Using HMRC certified online software
  • Filling out paper forms and submitting them by post
  • Using a qualified tax accountant -- we at TaxScouts are happy to do this for you as well.

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