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I expect that I would apply for short term engagements in Kenya (3 month type jobs or consulting for a few days a week only) in order to test the opportunities and my value in the market.
I expect to leave Kenya within the next 12 months having set up an international client base/experience and consult from overseas as and when required. I may also travel around some other countries and look to engage in some short-term consultancy work as I travel if such work is permitted.
Trouble is I don't understand if I can work as a consultant overseas or must be registered as a consultant in Kenya or whether I could be contracted by another consultancy registered in Kenya and work through their company and what this means in terms of who I should be paying tax too. I've spent months asking and it seems a very grey area.
Then how does someone work out their tax position as a UK citizen living as a temporary resident in Kenya? I ask Kenyan tax advisers and they tell me to ask UK ones.
I expect April 2016 I will spend 4 weeks only in the UK and the rest of the time in Kenya assuming I do not leave Kenya earlier. I can justify spending more time in the UK if it makes tax implications easier.
Yes apologies. I know this is ambiguous. I am trying tocollect information to inform a decision as to whether to try to set up as a consultant but before I take this fairly big step. In Kenya to do this as a foreigner is very costly and difficult compared to setting up in the UK so I was trying to work out whether I could set up as a sole trader given I am a UK citizen and contract for work overseas for a short period of time (work permits permitting).
I expect my clients to be Kenyan-based or US or UK NGOs/multilaterals with branches working out of Kenya. I expect I will only spend 40 days between now and April 2016 in the UK on my current schedule.
As I see it currently it sounds like from your last answer that I would not be able to set up as a sole trader as I would have lived outside the UK too long in the tax year and as a result I would not be able to paid any consulting fees through a UK bank account as I would be subject to taxation in Kenya not the UK and I would have to set up as a sole trader here to be able to contract any consulting work.