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Saudi Arabia and UAE Introduce 5% VAT

The Middle East has long been associated with tax-free living, but from January 1st United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia 5% VAT on most goods and services. The introduction of VAT follows the recommendation from the IMF that oil-exporting countries in the Gulf introduce taxes as one way to raise non-oil revenue.  Forbes reports that although it th ...

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British Expats And The Statutory Residence Test

Tax residence is not an issue that most of give much thought to.  As a British taxpayer you are subject to tax on your worldwide income and any capital gains unless you are not UK resident.  So when you spend all or part of the year abroad the issue comes in to sharp relief as it can be fundamental to whether we are liable to UK tax or not.  The Statutory Residence Test (“SRT”) determines whether ...

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Non-Resident Capital Gains Tax 

Are you non-resident for UK tax purposes and own UK residential property? If so, did you know that if you sell your UK property you have an obligation to file a Non Resident Capital Gains Tax Return (NRCGTR) within 30 days of conveyance? This is the case even if you do not make a gain on the sale of the property or if any gain is fully covered by Private Residence Relief (PRR). This article was wr ...

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UK Expats: Does The Self-Assessment Tax Return Deadline Affect You?

Each year, countless people leave the UK for foreign shores, chasing a new life or career. Yet this break from Great Britain may not be clean in the eyes of HMRC, who could disagree with your ‘expat’ status. This article was written exclusively for Expat Network by SimpleTax Many non-resident Britons still face obligations when it comes to taxation, and must declare their earnings before the self- ...

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Self-Assessment Made Easy Using SimpleTax

HMRC-recognised SimpleTax has been developed for you and not accountants, calculating and submitting your return direct to HMRC. As it is cloud-based, SimpleTax is perfect for expats, guiding you through your return without all the tax jargon, prompting you to claim the allowances you are entitled to. This article was written exclusively for Expat Network by Simple Tax Here’s how SimpleTax can hel ...

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Get The Facts About Filing Late US Taxes

The June deadline has come and gone, but if you haven’t filed your taxes yet, there’s still time to get caught up and become compliant with the IRS this year. Not sure where to begin? Don’t fret – the information you need to know is right here in this Q&A.   By Greenback Tax I Haven’t Filed Taxes In Multiple Years – What Now? For starters, don’t let yourself worry too much – the IRS isn’t ...

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Saudi Arabia Collects New Tax On Expats

From July, Saudi Arabia is collecting a new tax from expats and their dependants, a move that is seen to boost the country’s revenues amid weak oil prices. The new fee will be 100 Saudi riyals (SAR) per dependant per month, around £21 or $27. The amount is expected to increase gradually every year until 2020. By next year, the figure will double to SAR200 and increase to SAR300 in 2019 and SAR400 ...

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Why Some British Expats Are Liable For IHT

You may not be aware as a British expat who pays no UK income or capital gains taxes that you can still be liable to inheritance tax (IHT). Your liability for UK IHT depends on if you are deemed domiciled in the UK, says Stuart Ritchie of expat financial advisory firm AES International. If you or your father were born or raised in Britain, you are likely to be deemed domiciled in Britain. If your ...

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Working In South Africa: The Tax Implications

South Africa is one of the expatriate jurisdictions where proactive planning makes a significant difference to the tax and exchange control implications of an international mobile employee. The primary reasons for this proactive planning are: Unlike most other countries, with good planning you only become ‘tax resident’ in the beginning of your sixth year in South Africa; and There are various tax ...

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Top Three Ways To Save On Your US Expat Taxes

Ah, filing expat taxes…one of the necessities of living overseas. While it may not be the most enjoyable thing about your adventure abroad, fortunately the IRS provides a number of ways to avoid double taxation so you can save money come tax time. By Greenback Tax Here we highlight the top credits, deductions and exclusions to use that will help you save big when filing your US tax return.  Take A ...

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