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Online tax tool helps taxpayers work out residence

Press Release   •   Dec 20, 2013 10:05 GMT

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched an online tool to help people determine their residence status for tax purposes.

The Tax Residence Indicator (TRI) asks people a number of questions before telling them what their status is.

It has been introduced as part of the statutory residence test, introduced in April 2013. The test gives people who may move in and out of the UK greater clarity and certainty over their residence status.

HMRC’s new tool allows people to go onto the HMRC website, input their personal details, and quickly establish whether they should be paying tax in the UK. The people potentially affected include expatriates, pilots, cabin crew and cruise workers, rig workers, foreign students, health workers, seasonal workers and others.

Specialist Personal Tax Director Mary Aiston said:

“It is important that people who come and go from the UK keep records that are readily available. Their residence status is assessed according to time spent in the UK, in conjunction with their other ties to the country.

“The old statutory residence rules were complex and lacked clarity, with the definition of tax residence resting on legal cases decided in the courts over a long period. The new residence test is clearer.”

The residence status of most people is expected to remain the same under the new residence test.

To help people with more complex living and working arrangements, HMRC has published guidance – www.hmrc.gov.uk/international/rdr3.pdf

Taxpayers can find the new tool at http://tools.hmrc.gov.uk/rift 

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Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.