Tax if you come to live in the UK
You have to pay tax on your income if you come to live in the UK. Income includes:
- your pension
- savings interest
You won’t have to pay UK tax if you only make short business trips here, eg a training course or meeting.
How to pay
If you’re employed your employer will deduct Income Tax from your wages.
You may also have to send a tax return if you:
- made a profit when selling (or ‘disposing of’) certain assets, eg shares or a second home
- have to pay UK tax on foreign income, eg savings in an overseas bank account, rent on a property you let out or an overseas pension - this depends on if you’re ‘resident’ in the UK
You may have to pay tax on UK income or gains made while you were abroad if you’ve lived in the UK before.
You’ll usually pay National Insurance if you work in the UK. How you pay depends on whether you’re employed or self-employed.
You’ll need to prove you can work in the UK to your employer.
When you don’t need to pay
You don’t need to pay National Insurance or get a number if you have either:
- Portable Document A1, E101 or E102 that proves you pay National Insurance in another European Economic Area (EEA) country
- a certificate from a country that has a bilateral agreement on social security with the UK
Ask the social security authority in your country for the document or certificate.
The countries with a bilateral agreement are:
Barbados, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Isle of Man, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Guernsey, Republic of Korea, Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Philippines, Serbia, Turkey, USA.
You won’t have to pay National Insurance for the first 52 weeks if you both:
- are sent by an employer in your home country to work in the UK temporarily
- come from a non-EEA and non-bilateral agreement country
If you’re also taxed abroad
If you’ve paid too much UK tax
Claim tax relief or a tax refund owed if you’re only working in the UK for a short time and plan to leave.
Apply to claim back tax if you’re a foreign national assigned to the UK and you think you’ve paid too much.