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Living & Working in CH - Deregister UK?

Hi all,

I'm from the UK, and have been living and working in CH for about a year now, I plan to stay here for the foreseeable future.

With that in mind, what have you like minded UK folk left your status as, in the UK? Should I 'deregister' in the UK to avoid a a national insurance/tax bill in 20 years?!

Will 'deregistering' remove me from being able to vote, or seeking NHS care if I'm over there?

I have bank accounts in the UK I will be transferring into CHF, a small student loan but no debts/property/cars/children.

Many thanks for any advice.

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Old 18.02.2011, 11:50
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Re: Living & Working in CH - Deregister UK?

I left the UK in 2000 and I have 'returned' in so much as I am being taxed in the UK. There's no concept of deregistering that I know of and I have resumed paying NI contributions. I gave the NI people a call and they explained that as long as you have 30 years' worth of contributions then you are still entitled to your pension. If you're not being taxed in the UK, I cannot see that they are interested in you at all.

If you want to, you can pay NI contributions and have them back-dated which some friends of mine did as they wanted to retire in the UK.

I'd suggest giving the NI people a call. They were really friendly and helpful (and actually based in England, a rarity in itself for call centres!).

One tip I would give you would be to keep your bank account open there. I closed mine after 7 years away and it was a real pain in the neck to get a new one as I had no UK bills with my UK address on it (despite numerous Australian bills with my UK address on them).

As for the NHS, you will still maintain a NHS number. I did after 10 years and had no problems whatsoever in getting any healthcare. Your right to vote will never change as long as you remain a UK citizen.
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Old 18.02.2011, 12:29
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Re: Living & Working in CH - Deregister UK?

I think you can get a form from the UK tax office that you can fill in saying that you have left/are leaving the country. They then stop issuing tax returns and generally stop bugging you.

It also makes it easier to go back in a few years I think, everything nice and tidy etc...
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Hi all,

I'm from the UK, and have been living and working in CH for about a year now, I plan to stay here for the foreseeable future.

With that in mind, what have you like minded UK folk left your status as, in the UK? Should I 'deregister' in the UK to avoid a a national insurance/tax bill in 20 years?!

Will 'deregistering' remove me from being able to vote, or seeking NHS care if I'm over there?

I have bank accounts in the UK I will be transferring into CHF, a small student loan but no debts/property/cars/children.

Many thanks for any advice.

BOOBOS
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