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Hello Paul, I am Keith, one of the experts on Just Answer, and pleased to be able to help you with your question.
You are likely to be liable to UK Income Tax (IT) whilst you remain resident in the UK, but you are entitled to a Personal Allowance of 11.5K to offset any income. However, when you move abroad be sure to complete a Form P85 and send it to HMRC. On receipt that Department will classify you non resident for the tax year following your date of departure and furthermore split the leaving year into two portions, one resident, the other non resident. You will no longer have a tax liability in the UK once submitting the form and you may visit the UK for up to 90 days in any one tax year without breaching your non resident status. You may well, of course, have a tax liability in Malta.
I do hope that you have found my reply of assistance.
The Personal Allowance is what you can earn tax free in the UK as a citizen of an EEA country Paul. If there is no income there is no liability to UK Income tax.
However, please don't forget the Form P85.
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