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Old 02.09.2012, 19:32
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Brit in the Swit.... a little worried about english taxes

Hello everyone,
I have been in Switzerland now for eight years.
After reading lots of your lovely posts it kinda got me to worrying a bit......
I left England pretty quick but may need to go back and live there in a year or two......
my question is.... you kind and lovely bunch of reprobates.....

Is there anything I should have done or should be doing with regard to paying pension or tax or National Insurance contributions.... I guess what I am trying to say is.... when I get back to her majestys land am I going to face a big bill for something I should have been paying all along...... coz so far I left, havent looked back and haven't even given it a second thought.

I am afraid of any replies to this post now
But thank you in advance if you can relieve my stressed out little mind
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Old 02.09.2012, 20:39
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Re: Brit in the Swit.... a little worried about english taxes

Welcome to the forum.

If you have simple tax affairs, which I surmise from your post, and you have filled out any return the UK or CH ever sent you and responded to any correspondence if any you should be FINE.

I am almost certain there will be no pension related topics or NI matters either.

Of course if you fled the UK for massive VAT, benefits or tax fraud or evasion, you might not get such a nice welcome. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19269662

Same applies to hairy trolls if you happen to be one!
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Hello everyone,
I have been in Switzerland now for eight years.
After reading lots of your lovely posts it kinda got me to worrying a bit......
I left England pretty quick but may need to go back and live there in a year or two......
my question is.... you kind and lovely bunch of reprobates.....

Is there anything I should have done or should be doing with regard to paying pension or tax or National Insurance contributions.... I guess what I am trying to say is.... when I get back to her majestys land am I going to face a big bill for something I should have been paying all along...... coz so far I left, havent looked back and haven't even given it a second thought.

I am afraid of any replies to this post now
But thank you in advance if you can relieve my stressed out little mind
I wouldn't wear white underpants, and if someone offers to meet you at the airport, best refuse.... you are going to be there for a very very long time...
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Old 02.09.2012, 21:49
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Re: Brit in the Swit.... a little worried about english taxes

did you complete a P85 when you left? if not look into this now, there isn't anything sinister it just informs the Revenue and Customs that you arn't around.
But do read up on t'nternet first.
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Old 02.09.2012, 22:17
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Re: Brit in the Swit.... a little worried about english taxes

You need to establish if you owe them anything. When was the last time you filled in a UK tax return? What was your employment status before coming to CH. When, during the UK tax year, did you arrive here?
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Old 10.09.2012, 14:36
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Re: Brit in the Swit.... a little worried about english taxes

Wow, thank you for all your helpful suggestions.

I will endeavour to cover all of your reply questions in one fell swoop...

NotAllThere - I have never been self employed or run my own company, was just a lowly ordinary employee...have never filled in a U.K. tax form...so I think that ones covered... Thanks

Paizuri - The only person I would ever meet at the airport would be my mum, I don't possess white underpants anyway(not good with my skin colour) so I think thats also covered. Ta

Dannyt986 - Thanks for the warm welcome to the forum. No I didn't leg it to avoid any massive tax,v.a.t. bills or anything fraudulent and I have always promptly sent back any papers I have ever received(although I have received nothing from England at all...I wonder if they even know I am here?) Anyway....ummmm where were we? ah yes.. and in Switz because I have a 'C' permit I have always paid (albeit with a twinge in my heart and a tear in my eye) my Steur in good time.
I am a little bit hairy, but would not go so far to think anyone would mistake me for a troll. yay, your post was very positive you cheered me right up lol. Thank you

irbceb - Nooooooo! Your the only one that is frightening me with your scary use of numbers with the additional petrifying factor of putting letters in front of it!!! P85 huh? I am going to look into that right away, thanks very much for the tip

Well everyone, I would like to thank you all again and possibly other people on the forum that have read my post, wanted to help, but one of these lot said exactly what you were going to say!!

I just hope in future posts that I can be as helpful as you lot were, thanks again.

David. (Strengthen)
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check out HMRC here for the rules:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/cnr/faqs_general.htm

If your affairs are complex you might need to talk to an accountant. Otherwise there should not be too many issues.
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Re: Brit in the Swit.... a little worried about english taxes

Great link Bexie, Thank you very much
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P85....a not very scary form you can use to tell them tax peoples that you have run away from the island. Probably not worth doing now if you left years ago.

Basically it allows you to claim back tax for the year of leaving (if you had overpaid), and lets the tax people know that you might be claiming different things from before (such as exemption from UK tax)

I didn't fill it in in 2009 when I moved off the island to work in Luxembourg....I have to fill in a tax return for UK assets still (some small shares, house rented in UK) and they don't seem upset about not having a P85 done :-)
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Re: Brit in the Swit.... a little worried about english taxes

Thanks heckenhocker,
corrr, everyone here is so friendly and nice.... why haven't I used this site before?
I am now at ease and happy to face any nasty tax people from England on my return...if I do return that is..... but knowing I have done everything right really has given me peace of mind.
Thanks again everyone, your all quite wonderful.

I'm going to update my profile in a few days and hopefully you can help me with the only other problem I have.... finding a nice lady!!
That would be fantastic !
David (Strengthen).
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