Hello, I am Keith, one of the experts on Juat Answer, and pleased to be able to help you with your question.
Firstly, when you quit these shores did you complete a Form P85 and send it to HMRC. On receipt that Department will classify you as non resident. Once non resident you can spend up to 91 days in the UK in any one tax year without breaching your non resident status. The P85 is available on the web and can be filed on line. You will find dealing with HMRC much easier if you use the P85 process. On return to the UK you should advise HMRC of your arrival.
Assuming that HMRC have you classified as non resident, you will have no exposure to UK taxation on your overseas income and savings and can repatriate same without incurring any UK taxation. Just warn your bank of incoming funds and their source to preclude any money laundering inquiries that a large sum might attract.
I do hope that I have been able to set your mind at rest on this matter, but do not forget the P85.
Delighted to have been of assistance, you are well in the clear as non resident.
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