Moving overseas, should you inform HMRC?

Considering a move overseas, does that mean you need to inform the HMRC? The short answer is yes.

You will need to fill in form P85 and send it to HMRC. Include the information from your P45 form – get this from your employer. If you are self-employed, send a Self-Assessment tax return instead.

Send a P85 and a tax return if you’re going to be working full-time for a UK-based employer for at least one full tax year.

You cannot use HMRC’s online services to tell them you’re leaving the UK. Instead, you need to either send your tax return by post or use commercial software. You might wish to get an accountant to help.

Once you’re non-resident, you don’t pay UK tax on income or gains you get outside the UK. You may be non-resident the day after you leave the UK – this depends on your situation.

You may still need to pay UK tax even if you’re non-resident, for example if you have income from renting a property in the UK.

You might want to carry on paying National Insurance while you’re abroad if you’re planning to come back to the UK in the future or intend to claim the State Pension later.

Contact HMRC if your circumstances change when you’re abroad – you move house or your marital status changes, for example. You’ll need your National Insurance number.

You also need to tell HMRC if you come back to live in the UK.

If you work full-time abroad, you can usually visit the UK for up to 90 days – as long as you work no more than 30 of these days.

For more advice regarding a potential move overseas please get in contact.


This article is for general guidance only. It provides an outline, and may not include points which are important to your situation. You should not depend on this blog without taking advice based on the full facts of your case. The information given was correct at the time of publication.

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