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Have a client who is a seafarer who changed employer Sept

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Have a client who is a seafarer who changed employer Sept 2012 from a British based company to a Singapore based company, he has received £31849 with no tax taken at source so there is no refund for year end 05/04/13 this has only just come to light, I need to amend his return and add the income, I know I will need additional pages Residency/remittance but not sure which boxes to fill.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  bigduckontax replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Keith and happy to help you with your question.

You merely submit a SA102 for this client and declare the income received in Box 1. On the SA100 you would be well advised to add a note in the remarks box to the effect that your client is a seafarer. As this has already been submitted I would suggest a letter to your client's tax office reminding them of his seafarer's occupation would not go amiss.

I do hope I have helped you with your enquiry.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hello Keith I did use an additional sa102 but the software I use rejected it as they didn't have a uk employers ref as they are based in Singapore, do I use a dummy employers ref or do I need to speak to my software provider. Mike.

Expert:  bigduckontax replied 2 years ago.

I doubt if your software provider is in the slightest bit interested in your difficulties, Mike. They do well enough without having to cater for esoteric employments! You could try though! A recent review revealed that there are 23199 UK registered seafarers employed across 944 vessels flagged of all nations. As most of these people will not pay UK tax you can understand the disinterest of HMRC in the matter too!

 

I would use a dummy employer's reference. Personally I won't touch on line filing with a barge pole. Admittedly I have to for Corporation Tax and PAYE. A return which used to take 5 minutes at the outside on paper now takes well over half an hour of thrashing about! In my experience HMRC seem incapable of designing a system which works for the employer or agent. Their constant refrain is 'That it works all right for us' a breathtakingly smug attitude to adopt.

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