Discover all the tax services we offer
Get an instance service estimate
Comprehensive guides on everything you need to know from planning your expat journey to filing your expat taxes with ease.
Our Country Guides will help you understand the ins and out of your specific U.S. expat tax requirements.
Access up-to-date articles, breaking news, deadline information and in-depth case studies on US expat taxes.
Get the answers to all your questions and browse Greenback’s most frequently asked customer questions.
Sign up for one of our live webinars hosted by our expert accountant team or watch one on-demand today.
Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to get money-saving tips, expat tax news, and exclusive promos.
Learn how our straightforward pricing, easy process, and an expert team makes us uniquely qualified to simplify the hassle of expat tax filing.
We’ve assembled a team only the most experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly CPAs and IRS Enrolled Agents our clients can trust.
Read our client testimonials to get a feel for the Greenback experience straight from the expats we’ve worked with.
We’re featured in many reliable news sources thanks to our reputation as experts on US taxes abroad.
Whatever your expat tax needs, wheverver in the world, we’d love to hear from you.
We know how it starts. You’re feeling great, as your move to the UK has been a raging success so far. You found a great place to live, work is going smoothly, and you are settling into the culture like a native. But all of a sudden, you begin to hear whispers around the water cooler that it is tax time again. At first, you’re thinking, “Surely that doesn’t apply to me too, right?”, but as more and more people start mentioning gathering information for their accountants, you start to wonder if you should be doing the same.
If the only income you have received throughout the UK tax year is your salary from employment, and with benefits you earn under £100,000, there is a good chance that you will not need to send through a tax return. Your tax obligation will have been satisfied through the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) withholding that your employer has been deducting from your paycheck.
However, there is an equally good chance that you will have received income from another source during the year (from investments, for example) that would mean a return may be necessary. There is a great tool on the HMRC website that can help you determine whether a return is necessary or not (https://www.gov.uk/check-if-you-need-a-tax-return).
Of course, if you receive a letter from HMRC requesting that you file a return, you will need to file a return even if no tax is due.
Domicile is a complicated area, however, essentially, your domicile is your origin of birth. You will always return or intend to return to this place after any temporary periods away, no matter how long the period is. If your move to the UK is considered to be a permanent move and you intend to stay there for the rest of your life, there is a chance your domicile may have shifted from the US to the UK.
US expats who are employed or self-employed in the UK are required to pay UK National Insurance. This is the UK’s equivalent of Social Security and Medicare and helps to cover costs related to health and welfare.
To ensure expats are not having to pay into two systems, the US and the UK have an agreement known as a Social Security Totalization Agreement that dictates which system the expat will contribute to if technically the answer should be both. An exemption certificate (known as a Certificate of Coverage) will be issued and can be in place for up to 5 years.
First and foremost, determine if you need to file! If the answer is yes, and you have not filed a return previously with HMRC, you will need to register for your Self Assessment tax return by October 5, 2017 – or as soon as possible after. Once registered, you should receive a letter within 21 days that will contain your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR). You will then use this UTR in order to submit your online filing.
We’d love to help you get all your questions answered. One of our UK tax specialists would be happy to look over your situation and advise if a return is needed, as well as help you file your HMRC return. Contact us today to get started!