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Income tax for working holidaymakers

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1. Posted by Achtung (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y

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I'm planning on coming to the UK on a Working Holiday Visa (WHV). I am currently planning out my budget and how much I'd roughly require to live a decent-ish life !

Do people with WHVs also need to pay taxes ?? In which case, whats the percentage of the salary that is eaten away by taxes ? How is it paid ? Do we also have to pay for health insurance ?

I'd appreciate any insight into the above questions !! Thanks so much !


2. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 12y

Hello Pradeep,
The short answer is yes you pay tax and national insurance, these are actually deducted from your pay by your employer, tax will be a basis rate.
However there may be allowances and so on that apply to WHV holders since all calculationas are based on total annual earnings.
Please look at
for all the detailed information.
Please let me know how this helps and get back to me for any more help I can offer.

3. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 12y

Pradeepan, The web site address for the UK Inland Revenue home page is ; the link I gave you is further along the way I suggest you atart at the home page.
Bob Flinn, (a TP, UK travel helper)

4. Posted by Achtung (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y

Yup Bob...u definitely did help ! I also came across another site. which gave me a laymen's understanding of the taxes to be paid.

So i guess the first step in the UK is to get registered with the Inland Revenue and get a National Insurance number. Or does the bank account come first ?!?!?

Another bit of advice required : Do I first try and land a job before exploring flatshare options ? Or do i first set up base and then find a job around it ?

Planning on giving up a decent-ish job with an airline here in Dubai to come and explore UK / Europe. If I find UK as interesting as I've heard...I might decide to stay longer... I suppose the best time to land in the UK is April / May...correct ?

Thanks again Bob !;)

5. Posted by yongkang (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y

here has the accurate informations that you need!

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

I worked in the UK, and received a tax refund when I left.

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Hi Achtung,

I received your email and questions.

I worked in country pubs in the south of England ... East Sussex / Kent. Life in a small village really appealed to me.

I went in and out of the UK quite a few times. The last time in (through Dover), I was refused entry. As an Australian (with the same Queen as England), I'm not classified as European, so I had to enter through the very short non-European queue. Let's just say that the Home Office / passport control guy had too much time on his hands.

I persuaded his superior to allow me temporary leave to enter the UK. I stayed another five weeks, before flying out of the UK.

8. Posted by Porcelina (Full Member 18 posts) 12y

Wocca...can I ask why you were denied entry to the UK?? I am an Australian too and am about to enter the UK on a WHV. Terrified at the though of being turned away.

Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks ;)