Delay on HMRC residency regulations for expats

Published:  26 Mar at 4 PM
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As reported by the Telegraph, economic advisers say that, due to the implementation of new tax brackets, 2013 will be crucial for the financial planning of expat Britons. Reductions to tax allowances for Britons over the age of 65 have been a big talking point in this year’s Budget, with wide-reaching effects for United Kingdom residents and those residing overseas.

In April 2013, HMRC residency rulings will categorise expats as A, B, C or D, in order to determine their British tax liabilities. A indicates a non-resident, while D indicates a fully fledged British resident.

This residency test was scheduled to come into effect in 2012 but has been pushed back for one year while consultations take place. The new measures are expected to be incorporated in the 2013 Finance Bill and take effect starting 6 April of the same year.

Head of business development at AML Global Solutions, Paul Gregson, says that while there still linger some unanswered questions, there is now at least a clearer time frame to arrange for the imminent changes.

Those who live outside the UK, and those who have a UK-residing civil partner or spouse, are to be allowed to choose to be treated as a resident in the United Kingdom for the function of British Inheritance Tax, under legislation included in the 2013 Finance Bill.
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