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Budget 2008 - Non Doms and the £30,000 charge for the remittance basis.

There have a number of changes announced in today’s Budget to the proposed levy of £30,000 for taking advantage of the remittance basis.

The first change to note is that it will only apply to adults. Children will not have to pay the charge until the year in which they turn18. Secondly the de-minimis limit of £1,000 has been raised to £2,000.

The most significant change is that it will now a tax charge rather than a stand alone charge and, as a result, will be treated as such for the purposes of Double Taxation Agreements. This follows serious lobbying by the, particularly American, ex-pat community as it looked like US citizens would not get credit for the £30,000 against their US tax liability.

The charge will be attributed to unremitted income or gains (at the choice of the individual) and when these are eventually remitted to the UK they will not be taxed again. However there will be ordering rules that will ensure that untaxed unremitted foreign income and gains will be treated as remitted before income or gains upon which the £30,000 has been paid.

The £30,000 charge will also be available to cover Gift Aid donations.

 

 

Date: 12th March, 2008
Author: Lisa Spearman

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