Create a comma-separated values (CSV) file to search for the residency statuses of your pension scheme's members.
HMRC will send you a file of your members’ known residency statuses each year.
Some pension scheme members may not appear in the file, such as those who are new to the scheme. If a number of your members don’t appear in the file HMRC send you, you can then check the residency status for relief at source of multiple members by uploading a CSV file.
You do not need to upload a CSV file if you want to check just one member’s residency status.
Add member details to the file
For each scheme member you want to check, you need to enter their:
- National Insurance number
- first name
- last name
- date of birth in the order year, month and day, separating them with a hyphen
You must enter each member’s details in the CSV file, separating them with a comma, making them look like QQ123456D,John,Smith,1970-08-31.
There’s no comma or any other punctuation after the date of birth.
You must not use any headings within the file and you must enter each member you’re searching for on a new line in the file.
Upload your file
You can only upload your file by using the look up service.
Before you upload, you should open the CSV in a text editor to make sure it is formatted properly. You cannot have any special characters such as “ * ( /.
When you upload your file, it can take up to 24 hours for the results to be added. You cannot upload another file during this time.
The maximum file size that can be uploaded to the service is 2MB, which is about 35,000 members. After your most recent file has been deleted from the look up service you can upload a CSV file of further members for checking.
While you can only have one CSV file uploaded and being checked at any time, there’s no limit to the total number of files you can upload overall.
The residency status for each member will be added into the file and you can download it from the service.
This file will only be available for 3 calendar days before it is deleted.
The results will be:
- cannot provide status
If a residency status is not shown, you should check with your member to make sure their personal details are correct. If you’ve checked and everything is correct, the member must contact HMRC to update their personal details.