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Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2022 09:50:58 GMT by Don L
Hi HMRC admin, My wife is a UK tax resident in 2021-22. She had no income in UK but she made a foreign income of about £1000. She had no other income. Does the personal income tax allowance cover foreign income? If yes, as her above-mentioned foreign income is within the personal income tax allowance, am I correct that she does not have to pay UK tax for this foreign income and it is not necessary to file a self-assessment tax return for it? Thank you. Kind regards, DL
Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2022 12:37:43 GMT by HMRC Admin 17

Hi
 
Don L ,
 
A self assessment tax return is still required to declare any foreign income.

The only exception is if it is divendends below £300.

As the income mentioned is £1000 then this should be shown on the return.

Personal allowances will cover the income so no UK tax will be due .

Thank you.
Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2022 12:56:38 GMT by Don L
Hello, Thank you for your prompt reply. For foreign dividends, I thought it is not necessary to declare if the total dividends, including UK dividends, are less than the e £2,000 dividend allowance? See link: https://www.gov.uk/tax-foreign-income/paying-tax However, you mentioned 'The only exception is if it is dividends below £300'. Can you please point me to the relevant guidance on this? Thank you. Kind regards, DL
Posted Tue, 02 Aug 2022 09:42:48 GMT by Don L
Hello HMRC admin, I would be really grateful for a reply to my latest enquiry above. Thank you. Kind regards, DL
Posted Tue, 02 Aug 2022 10:01:51 GMT by HMRC Admin 19
Hi,

Yes you are correct, if the income is only dividends then no return is required if under £2000. If the source of the foreign income relates to anything else, a tax return is still required.

Thank you.
Posted Fri, 19 Aug 2022 14:42:25 GMT by Cam W
Hello HMRC Admins. I too am confused about seemingly conflicting info on different parts of the HMRC website. - On the Register for Self Assessment page (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-assessment-register-for-self-assessment-and-get-a-tax-return-sa1), it does state clearly that any foreign income over £300 requires that a self assessment be completed. This agrees with the admins' replies. - Under "Tax if you’re non-domiciled" (https://www.gov.uk/tax-foreign-income/non-domiciled-residents), it says,"You must report foreign income or gains of £2,000 or more, or any money that you bring to the UK, in a Self Assessment tax return," and "You do not pay UK tax on your foreign income or gains if ... less than £2,000 in the tax year (and) you do not bring them into the UK... If this applies to you, you do not need to do anything." This indicates that *any* foreign income below £2000 does not require Self Assessment, if it's the only source of income. - The "Check if you need to send a Self Assessment tax return" form (https://www.gov.uk/check-if-you-need-tax-return) asks "Do you need to pay tax on ... Income from outside the UK?" Because my foreign income is from investments/savings and
Posted Fri, 19 Aug 2022 15:26:32 GMT by Cam W
Am I right in thinking that the apparent contradictions are due to some sources assuming the person is being taxed on UK employment income? That is, if I were earning a UK income, I would only need to submit a Self Assessment return if my foreign investment income were >£2000. However, if foreign investments are my only income source, the £300 threshold applies and I need to file a return, even though I'll have no UK tax liability? Thanks.
Posted Mon, 22 Aug 2022 13:21:02 GMT by HMRC Admin 18
Hi,

Please note that the 'foreign income below £2000' stipulation applies to individuals who are non-domiciled residents of the UK. If you are non-domiciled, you do not pay UK tax on your foreign income or gains if both the following apply:

(a) the total amount is less than £2,000 in the tax year
(b) you do not remit the income to the UK (for example, by transferring the income to a UK bank account)

See links below:

Tax on foreign income

Residence, domicile and the remittance basis

Thank you.

 
Posted Mon, 22 Aug 2022 15:17:55 GMT by Cam W
Dear Admins, Thank-you for the prompt reply, but unfortunately, it does not answer my question, which is: Do I need to file a self-assessment return? I am non-UK-domiciled, and my only income was foreign investment/interest income below £2000, none of which has been remitted to the UK. Does the requirement to file a return if foreign investment income exceeds £300 only apply to UK-domiciled taxpayers? Thanks again, 
Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2022 12:37:56 GMT by HMRC Admin 17

Hi,
 
If you are UK resident, even if not UK domiciled and you remit the foreign investmentment income to the UK, then
you need to complete a self assessment tax return.

Thank you.
Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2022 13:04:56 GMT by Cam W
Hi again, I'm afraid that still doesn't help. Could you please confirm that, if I DO NOT remit the income to the UK, am non-domiciled, and earn less than £2000 from foreign interest/dividends, I do not need to complete a self assessment? Thanks, Cameron
Posted Wed, 24 Aug 2022 15:09:52 GMT by HMRC Admin 10
Hi Cam W
That is correct.
Thankyou.
Regards.

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