UK BUDGET – ALL CHANGE FOR THE NON-DOMICILED CLIENT
Summary of July 2015 Budget Changes
- UK resident non-domiciled individuals* (‘non-doms’) who have been in the UK for more than 15 of 20 tax years will no longer be able to claim the ‘remittance basis**’ tax treatment once this period has elapsed. They will subsequently pay UK tax on worldwide income and gains
- Those with a UK domicile of origin*** will no longer be able to claim non-dom status if they return to the UK after a period overseas
- Family homes worth under £1 million will be exempt from inheritance tax, if passed on by a couple. If the net estate exceeds £2 million, there will be no benefit from this change.
From April 2016:
- Dividend tax rates will rise from April 2016 for those with more than £5000 of dividend income. Tax payable will be between 7.5% and 38.1%, depending on the payer’s income tax rate.
David Bell, senior wealth planner at Lombard Odier:
“The UK has many attractions for wealthy, mobile citizens, who contribute a huge amount to the economy through their specialist skills, the tax paid by their businesses, and the 45% levy many pay on their own earnings. The rule changes for ‘non-domiciled’ individuals show that the government is not courting wealthy, mobile individuals to improve the public finances. Eye-catching measures like raising the inheritance tax threshold on the family home speak instead to a desire to win votes from middle England.”
“Abolishing the permanent ‘non-dom’ status will make the UK less attractive for wealthy individuals, particularly in a competitive global market where many countries would welcome such tax payers.”
“That said, the UK still offers a beneficial tax regime for such clients for 15 years. There are opportunities to restructure assets before this watershed. While some non doms will leave, many will stay and pay the additional tax for personal, family or business reasons. Meanwhile, volatility and insecurity in emerging markets will continue to drive wealthy clients from around the world to the safety of London. The city has few competitors as a financial and transport hub, a location for educating children and enjoying a vibrant social and business life.”
*Typically individuals who live in the UK but who are from another country and intend to return there in the future.
**Being taxed on the remittance basis means an individual pays UK tax on income and capital gains that originate in the UK, but there is no tax on their global assets. Tax is only payable on income and capital gains from non-UK assets if this income or the proceeds of these gains are brought into the UK.
***UK law considers everyone to be domiciled in a particular country. For many people, their domicile would be what they regard as their home country. A person’s domicile of origin is normally the same as that of their father.
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