Category Archives: Expat Tax

Main Residence Exemption Bill Passes Senate

The removal of the Main Residence Exemption was passed by the Australian Senate on Thursday 5th December 2019 which will see the Main Residence Exemption entitlement removed for Australian expats.

Australian expats who currently live overseas and own a property that was a former Principle Place of Residence (PPR) will now need to make a decision with regards to the property which could potentially see large tax bills arising if it is your intention to sell the property while overseas.

You now have to decide to sell your property before the 30th of June 2020 to retain either a full or partial entitlement to the Main Residence Exemption or to retain the property until you return to Australia as a resident for tax purposes.

Now that the bill has passed both the lower and upper house we await for it to receive Royal Assent.

Should you wish to discuss in further detail to see how these changes impact you please call an office local to you or send an enquiry via our website.

Let Property Campaign & Disclosure to HMRC

The UK’s Let Property Campaign, is a campaign run by HMRC for individuals who have undisclosed income in relation to rents received.

The Let Property Campaign gives you an opportunity to bring your tax affairs up to date if you’re an individual landlord letting out residential property in the UK while your are overseas.

If you owe tax or not on your letting income you’ll need to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about the income you haven’t declared by making a voluntary disclosure or by registering for the Campaign.

Should you owe tax to HMRC due to your undisclosed rents and to obtain the best possible terms or settling these liabilities, you must tell HMRC that you wish to take part in the campaign. Once registered you then have 90 days to calculate and pay what you owe.

Who can take part?

You can report previously undisclosed taxes on rental income to HMRC under the Let Property Campaign if you’re an individual landlord renting out residential property;

* renting out a single property

* renting out multiple properties

* a specialist landlord, eg student or workforce rentals

* renting out a room in your main home for more than the Rent a Room Scheme threshold (

* living abroad and renting out a property in the UK

* living in the UK and renting a property abroad

* renting out a holiday home even if you use it yourself

You are not able to use this scheme to declare undisclosed income if you’re a company or a trust renting out residential property or if you’re renting out commercial property.

You may have become a landlord for many different reasons; you might not even think of yourself as one. This could be because you’ve:

* inherited a property

* just rented out a flat to cover your mortgage payments

* moved in with someone and need to rent out your house

You may have simply misunderstood the rules or been told differently.

Whether your errors were due to misunderstanding the rules, or you deliberately avoided paying the right amount, you should notify HMRC now rather than wait until they uncover the errors.

Should you wish to discuss further and take part in the Campaign or make a voluntary disclosure please call a GM Tax office local to you or submit an enquiry via our online enquiry form on our websites or

2018 UK Tax Returns Late Filing Penalties – £10.00 per day penalties to be avoided

Should you have missed the 31 January 2019 filing deadline you will have automatically received a late filing penalty of £100.00.

If your return is still outstanding as at 30th April 2019 a further penalty of £300.00 will be incurred and £10.00 daily penalties will commence from 1st May for up to 90 days or until submitted.

Act now to avoid incurring additional late filing penalties, we at GM Tax can assist you with your electronic submission of your UK Tax Return.

How do I register for Self Assessment

Should you need to lodge a UK Tax Return with HMRC and this is your first time you will need to register for Self Assessment, how you do so depends on your circumstances. You can use a form SA1 if you need to register but you’re not self-employed. For example, if you:

* become a company director

* receive income from land and property in the UK whether you are a tax resident or a non tax resident

* have taxable foreign income of more than £300 a year

* receive yearly income from a trust or settlement

* sell shares as a tax resident or sell a residential property as a non resident or tax resident or other assets liable to Capital Gains Tax

* have yearly income over £100,000

* have untaxed income that can’t be collected through your PAYE tax code

* have income over £50,000 and you or your partner carry on receiving Child Benefit payments

* have Capital Gains Tax or Income Tax to pay

Please contact an office local to you should you require any assistance with your UK Tax Return or registering for Self Assessment or alternatively you can submit an online enquiry via our website.

Do I need to do a UK Tax Return?

Yes you will need to lodge a UK Tax Return for the period 6th April – 5th April if you were:

* self-employed as a ‘sole trader’ and earned more than £1,000

* a partner in a business partnership

* a director of a UK Limited Company

You will not usually need to send a return if your only income is from your wages or pension and your income is taxed at source or covered by your personal allowance. However, you may need to send a Tax Return to HMRC if you have any other untaxed income, such as:

* money from renting out a property

* tips and commission

* income from savings, investments and dividends

* foreign income

Please contact an office local to you should you require any assistance with your UK Tax Return or alternatively you can submit an online enquiry via our website

Proposed changes announced in 2018 to Principle Private Residence & Letting Relief

These changes to capital gains tax (CGT) are due to come into effect from 6 April 2020, but there will be a consultation on the details first.

From April 2020:

* Lettings relief will only be available to those who are in shared occupancy with a tenant.

* The final period exemption allowing Principle Private Residency exemption for the last 18 months of ownership as long as the property qualified for PRR at some point, will be reduced to 9 months.

* The final period exemption will remain 36 months for those who move into care and for disabled persons.

Changes with regard to rollover and accessing benefits from a QROPS

Following the transfer of UK sourced pension money to an Australian QROPS, it is then within the Australian superannuation system and will be covered by the Australian rules. However, upon withdrawal or rollover to another superannuation fund, UK tax charges may still apply to the money.

There are two different tests for this. Which one should be used depends on when the transfer of the UK pension money to the QROPS took place.

If it was before 6 April 2017 then UK tax rules will still apply if the member:-

Ø at the time of the rollover or withdrawal is tax resident in the UK or had been earlier in that UK tax year or in any of the 5 preceding UK tax years

If it was on or after 6 April 2017 then UK tax rules will still apply if the member:-

a. at the time of the rollover or withdrawal is tax resident in the UK or had been earlier in that UK tax year or in any of the 10 preceding UK tax years, or

b. a period of 5 years has not passed since the transfer of UK pension money to the QROPS took place.

If UK tax rules do not apply under the above tests, then a rollover of UK sourced pension money to a non-QROPS or a withdrawal by the member can be done without incurring UK tax.

Are you considering accessing your UK Pension Benefits?

With the introduction of Flexi Access you have the flexibility to access your benefits up to 100% of the value of your funds, I would suggest you discuss this in further detail with a suitable qualified professional on your ability to access your pension benefits when considering your options.

You need to be aware of changes that were introduced in April 2017 I f you are considering withdrawing 100% of your UK Pension Benefits as a lump sum payment (should your UK Pension Provider allow this option) as any lump sum paid in excess of the 25% tax free amount will be taxed in the UK by your pension provider.

You may be eligible to claim a part refund of the tax due to your entitlement to UK Personal Allowances from HMRC. Any tax paid on amounts over and above the personal allowance will be available to claim a foreign tax offset in Australia.

However, if you have other UK sourced income in the year of withdrawal that will utilise your personal allowances, they will not be available to reduce the UK tax due in relation to the lump sum payment. Should any of the lump sum payments fall into a higher rate tax band, due to the basic rate band being utilised by other income, additional tax may be payable to HMRC.

Taxation of a UK Lump Sum Payment

You would need to report on your Australian tax return the amount of the lump sum that relates to your applicable fund earnings. In general terms, the applicable fund earnings are the earnings on your foreign super interest which have accrued while an Australian tax resident.

You are only assessed on the income that you have earned on your benefits in the UK Pension Scheme during your Australian residency period. Earnings made during periods of non-residency, and contributions and transfers into the UK Pension Scheme, do not form part of the taxable amount when the lump sum benefit is paid.

Therefore, the ‘applicable fund earnings’ amount in respect of the lump sum received from each of the UK Pension Scheme would be calculated by deducting the Australian dollar equivalent of the amount just before the residency date from the amount on the day of receipt. Both amounts should be translated using the exchange rate applicable on the day of receipt.

We at GM Tax can provide you with a comprehensive guide to your UK & Australian tax position when considering accessing your UK pension benefits, please call one of our offices or sent an online enquiry via our website.

Retired In Australia and receiving a UK pension?

Retired In Australia and receiving a UK pension?

Learn more as to how MoneyCorp can help you make the most of your pension benefits in Australia.

As many retirees living overseas we know that the fixed income of a pension can sometimes mean that budgets are tight and you are often caught by FOREX fluctuations – but if you’re receiving a pension from the UK, there are ways that you can make the most of your hard-earned money. Using a foreign exchange specialist rather than your high street bank to convert your pounds into dollars could make a significant difference to the amount of dollars that arrive in your account.

Please refer to the attachment/link below to see how MoneyCorp can assist you.


Save time and automate your regular international payments

There are many reasons why ex-pats need to send money abroad on a regular basis, from property maintenance or child support, to less frequent costs like tuition fees. Automatic payments via a Regular Payment Plan mean that all your bills get paid on time, and you can save yourself the time it takes to organise them each month.

Most of us are used to automatic payments – from electricity and phone bills to subscription and membership services – very few people sit down to settle their bills on a monthly basis. Many people are not aware that you can use the same facility for international payments, and this can be a convenient alternative to checking rates and transferring money each time a payment is due. While this can all be done online relatively quickly, you still need to remember to make the payments and ensure that any currency you convert covers the required costs.

If you opt for a Regular Payment Plan (RPP), you can fix the amount of currency received or debited, or both if youchoose to lock-in the exchange rate. You can fix these payments for up to two years. This means that you can becertain that any required payments will be covered, and if you are receiving a pension payment from the UK you can budget ahead with confidence whatever happens to the exchange rate.

You can set these payments up over the phone or organise them wherever you are by accessing your account online and via the moneycorp app. The Regular Payment Plan offers convenience and great value, and provides an easy way to manage your funds across borders with a full clear statement as a record of all your payments.

Article courtesy of Moneycorp.

Moneycorp is a reference to TTT Moneycorp Pty Limited which is registered in Australia (business number 116612858). Its principal place of business is Level 15
Exchange Tower, 2 The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000, Australia. TTT Moneycorp Pty Limited is authorised to deal in foreign exchange contracts and buy/sell quotes
to retail and wholesale clients as an Authorised Representative (reference number 445555) of Rochford Capital Pty Limited (AFSL License No. 361276).