Help from UK residents: Tax return after travelling??

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1. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

First of all, im not sure this topic should be in this forum, so if not, feel free to move it to where it belongs! :)

So here is my question, I went travelling last June for few months and returned to the UK in January to work again. I have been told that if you dont spend certain amount of days in the country (something like 180days?) you are entitled to claim back the taxes you paid??is that correct??

And if so, does that apply to travellers? or is it just for peole that are paying taxes in another country in the meantime??

I have tried to find some info in the revenue website, but it is quite confusing, so I was wondering if any of you guys have come across this before or actually done it could help??

Thanks very much!!

x Miriam x

2. Posted by Taffski (Respected Member 182 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi Miriam,

Now I'm not a accountant or anything so this isn't taken as a definate ........ but....... as I understand it.....

The 180 day rule is designed for people who are not Tax domiciled in the UK. This means that if someone comes to the UK for less than 180 days, then they're not required to pay taxes in the UK.

On the other hand.... for us (unfortunately) we have to pay taxes in the UK as we're UK residents for tax purposes.

So from a travelling point of view you "supposed" to still pay taxes on any income you earnt.

Anyway.... if you earnt money abroad then how the IR finds out about this is through a double taxation treaty.... if you payed tax say for example in OZ whilst travelling.

If you earnt cash in hand... I wouldn't bother declaring it.

Money earnt in the UK.... if you've been away for 6 months, then check your tax code as you may have payed too much tax (as the code you have was based on a full years income level and not 6 months)....

So you can claim back some tax already payed.

hope this helps and as I said.... I'm not an accountant !


3. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi taffski,

Thanks very much for the info! if you are not an account maybe you should think about it!! :) what you said makes sense, but I thought it was worth asking anyway (im so broke at the moment that any extra income would be fab! )

Thanks again!

x Miriam x