Is the UK still OK for Non-Doms?

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The UK has had a favourable tax regime for those who reside in the UK, but whose permanent home is in another country – also known as “non-domiciliaries” or “non-doms”. In recent years, non-doms have become swept up in the tide of changing public attitudes towards tax and tax mitigation.

The mixture of negative public perception and the eagerness of the UK, and indeed other governments, to raise more revenues following the financial crisis, led to a considerable tightening up of the UK’s non-dom rules in 2008.

Despite this, the new Conservative Government announced some rather surprising and sweeping changes to the taxation of non-doms in the Chancellor’s summer budget which followed last year’s election.

The Budget included two major proposals:

  • a restriction on the tax advantages available to non-doms; and
  • a change in the taxation of UK residential properties held in corporate and other structures.

Both sets of changes are to take effect from 6 April  2017.

More information for non-doms

Our chapter, recently published in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Private Client 2016*, gives more detail on the current rules, how legislative changes will affect the UK’s status as a lucrative location for non-doms and how their tax arrangements will have to evolve as a result.

*This article appeared in the 2016 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Private Client published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

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