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I am now living permanently in Thailand from 9th August this

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I am now living permanently in Thailand from 9th August this year, however I was also in Thailand for May and July, I will have been in the UK for only 53 days in the tax year 2016/17.
I have a UK pension Plan which I have a regular monthly Income drawdown since the year 2000 when I became 50. This year I also requested AD-HOC payments since April 2016 and have had Tax deducted at source ( which I have since 2000), however beacause the amounts have been high I have paid Tax at 50% rate and paid approx £80,000. in UK tax so far this tax year.
I believe that I should now have a UK tax code showing that I am a non-resident in the UK and pay no tax at source.
I would like to claim a refund for the Tax year 2016/17 of obtain a correct tax coding and have a refund in my monthly tax at source.
Can you advise?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  bigduckontax replied 1 month ago.

Hello, I am Keith, one of the experts on Just Answer, and pleased to be able to help you with your question. By the way, I have a Thai wife.

Firstly, when you left the UK for the Kingdom, did you send a Form P85 to HMRC? If you did not you should do so immediately. Fortunately there is no time limit as to its submission, it is available on the net and can be filed on line. On receipt HMRC will classify you as non resident for the next financial year and furthermore split the leaving year into two parts, one resident and the other non resident. You will find dealing with that Department much easier if you complete this form. Once you are classified as non resident you can spend up to 91 days in the UK in any one tax year without breaching your non resident status.

Unfortunately, it is normal for pensions to be taxed in the country of origin and individuals have to rely on Double Taxation Treaties to avoid being taxed twice. As I understand it Thailand only taxes ex pats on moneys earned or brought into Thailand and it does have a Taxation Treaty with the UK. The treatment of your draw downs, which since recently you would have been taxed at 55% due to your age (you can only draw down over 55 without massive tax penalties now) would appear to be correct. 25% of your pension pot is tax free, the balance being taxed at your marginal rate. This may have pushed you into the top tax bracket at 45%. Also if your taxable income exceeds 100K you loose your personal allowance at the rate of one pound for every two quid over.

However, there is normally no tax rate of 50%, so there appears to be something wrong there, the additional rate being set at 45%. You can find the current rates of tax here:

https://www.gov.uk/income-tax-rates/current-rates-and-allowances

You should take up with your tax office the apparent discrepancies and seek a refund.

I do hope that I have shown you a way forward in this matter and shed some light on your situation.

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