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I want to inform HMRC that I am permanently (probably at least 2 years) moving abroad. I have researched on the HMRC website and found this info:
“Fill in form P85 and send it to HMRC. Include Parts 2 and 3 of your P45 form - get these from your employer (or Jobcentre Plus if you’ve been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance).
Send a Self Assessment tax return instead if you usually complete one, for example if you’re self-employed.
Send a P85 and a tax return if you’re going to be working full-time for a UK-based employer for at least one full tax year.
Sending your tax return
You cannot use HMRC’s online services to tell them you’re leaving the UK. Instead, you need to:
* send your tax return by post
* use commercial software
* get help from a professional, such as an accountant”
Do I understand correctly that, because I submit self assessment tax returns (an accountant submits for me), I should use the next self assessment submission in April to inform HMRC of my departure date from the U.K.?
What if the date I leave the U.K. is prior to April? Is it still ok to inform HMRC in April, after having left the country?
My accountant has been submitting self assessment tax returns for me for several years. I have been working as a seafarer and because I fulfilled certain criteria, I have been eligible for the Seafarers Earnings Deduction (SED) during this time.
During this past tax year (2021 - 2022) my working situation was altered and I now believe I should submit my earnings for this tax year as a self-employed person rather than as an employed seafarer. My question is, should I register myself online as self-employed prior to my accountant submitting my tax return in April, or should I ask him to register me as self-employed at the same time as he submits the return?