Edition 1st
Publication February 2020
Length 183pp
Suitable for British expats and their employers
Price 50 (or see Bundles page)
ISBN 9781912386260

Living and Working Abroad

£50.00


Practical guidance for British individuals going to live and/or work abroad. The book complements our title Advising British Expats, which is more technical and which is aimed at the professional adviser. The first two chapters address the practicalities of preparing to live abroad, including considerations such as schooling, accommodation, employment contracts, familiarisation, and dealing with furniture and possessions. Guidance is also included in relation to documentation, travel and relocation costs, and dealing with UK investments. The third chapter advises the individual on important considerations on arrival in the overseas country, including bank accounts, embassy registration, buying or leasing property, whether a foreign will is necessary, and avoiding problems with local laws about bribery, money laundering and such matters. Financial issues are often paramount for the expat. The fourth chapter deals with pensions, investments and offshore bonds. Chapter 5 looks at offshore trust options. Chapter 6 considers the many UK tax considerations faced by an individual going abroad. The book does not purport to be an in-depth tax guide, but does flag many important tax considerations for the expat, covering everything from domicile and residence issues, to income tax, NIC, CGT, inheritance tax and the letting of the UK property. The last chapter still has a focus on tax matters, this time in relation to the individual returning to the UK. Topics covered here include dealing with HMRC and acquiring a property back in the UK. 


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Jon Golding ATT (Fellow) TEP has worked for HMRC, PwC, KPMG and EY and spent eight years working in the Far East advising British Expats. Read more here.

Juliet Connolly BA (Hons) ACA CTA is also an expat. She left her Big 4 role in 2002 to set up her own business, UK Expat, advising and assisting expatriates all over the world on their UK tax affairs. Read more here.

This new title has been "field tested" with some UK expats across the globe, who have kindly provided the following feedback:

Valuable insight to an ever more complicated area ... a library of factual detail. ... As I write this my thoughts are focused on retiring from full-time overseas employment and returning to base myself in the UK. Chapter 7 has helped to bring together the areas of the UK's tax system that need to be considered during this transition. Without this book, I do not think this would have necessarily happened. Brennan Weston, living and working in Papua New Guinea.

A 'must read' for anyone considering working abroad. Tony Ashton, living and working for a British multi-national in Saudi Arabia and also living in the Czech Republic.

I think the book should be almost mandatory reading for those people contemplating an overseas posting by their employer, particularly if employed by a firm with limited experience of foreign posting. The potential expat will find a lot here to raise in their discussions with their employer. ... Written by two people who have lived the experience of being an expat, this book is clear and concise, and details the journey from outbound to return, covering many topics in between for both workers and retirees. Ann & Tony Scaife, retirees living in both the UK and New Zealand.

I like the style of writing. I found it 'layman' friendly, speaking as somebody who would never normally read a book about tax! Karen King, company director based in Dubai.

Extremely interesting, and a valuable, practical resource. From the foreword by expat Simon Johnson, living in Cambodia.

Contents include:

  • Outbound
  • Preparing to leave the UK
  • Arriving overseas
  • Pensions and investments
  • Offshore trust options
  • UK taxation
  • Returning to the UK

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