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Its not essential that you completed from P85 as you are a not a UK citizen, it just would have helped HMRC to determine your last tax year in the UK and also consider your position since then
So did you come back to the UK for any visits during this 1.5 year period? If so when and how long for ?
You say you left 1.5 years ago - so may be due a tax refund if you had suffered tax or should have completed self assessment if you had been self employed - perhaps you could advise when you left the UK and what your work status was.
And also advsie what your work status will be when you return this year and when you plan to return
It would make sense to contact them now so you do not forget to claim the refund, and because of that do complete form P85 - link here for this form and send it to them with your P45 and they can process the refund on the basis that you left the UK for the reminder of that tax year
Link here for P85 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/income-tax-leaving-the-uk-getting-your-tax-right-p85
Then when you do come back to the UK then as soon as you resume employment or if its self employment then HMRC know to tax you only from the date you arrive into the UK and on UK income
What you earned in Dubai stays free of Uk tax as you spent more than a full tax year out of the UK and visits were less than 90 days for each full tax year, and none were for work purposes
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