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When you moved to the UAE did you complete a Form P85 and send it to your tax office?
Yes, you can, there is no time limit as to the forms submission, it is available on the web and can be filed on line. Be sure to quote your original 2016 departure date. On receipt HMRC will classify you as non resident.
You will still be entitled to a Personal Allowance which will reduce your liability. Also you can claim some of the mortgage interest against tax too. However this relief is being phased out viz:
2017 to 2018 - 75%
2018 to 2019 - 50%
2019 to 2020 - 25%
2020 to 2021 - 10%
Furthermore it only applies to tax at the basic rate, 20%.
You will have to self assess every year unless HMRC tell you not to bother. You could ask RBS to deduct tax if you so desire.
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