Non – residency
Whether the UK tax authorities deem you to be resident in the UK or non-resident is important because it determines how much tax you pay on income earned outside the UK.
Defining non-resident status should be simple. As a non-resident, you are allowed to spend a maximum of 183 days in the UK in each year. You’ll generally be considered to have been ‘present’ in the UK if you are here at midnight at the end of a given day.
However, HMRC believes that residency is more subjective than that which, of course, complicates things. They might contend that you remain UK-resident if you maintain a home in the UK for more than 90 days in a given year and stay there on at least 30 separate days.
They’ll also consider your family ties. For example, if you have a spouse or partner who is UK resident, or children under 18, that may count towards their judgement.
Ultimately, their motive is to prevent people moving abroad to avoid paying UK tax. Our role is to make sure that our clients aren’t unfairly penalised if they choose to live and work in multiple countries for legitimate reasons. We do that by handling UK tax processes and dealing with HMRC, firmly and efficiently, on their behalf.