UK tax return guide for expats

A guide for UK expatriates looking for help with their tax returns & reporting. Read more about Tax returns for UK expats here.

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A UK tax return is a document that taxpayers in the United Kingdom must file with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) each year. It is used to report your income, capital gains, and any tax reliefs or deductions that you may be entitled to claim. The tax return is usually required to be filed by self-employed individuals with rental income or income from savings and investments above a certain level. It may also be required for individuals who have income from overseas or have received income that has not been taxed at source. 


You can view your tax return online in the UK through the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) online services. This service is called “Self-Assessment Online“. You can access your tax return, view your tax calculations and tax bill, and make payments online.

If you live overseas, are self-employed or have some other complex tax situation, the team at Hoxton Tax can help you with your tax return. Hoxton Tax provides best-of-breed expert advice, help you identify tax-saving opportunities, and ensure that your tax return is accurate and complete.

As an expat, if you are required to file a UK tax return and fail, you may face penalties and interest charges. The penalties can increase the longer you delay filing your return, and interest charges may also be added to any outstanding tax owed.

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All the things you need to know

Our tax specialists from Hoxton Tax created this guide. Our advisers are some of the best in the world and understand the pains of trying to understand tax as an expat. They have put together this easy-to-follow guide to help and inform all UK expatriates who may have questions about UK tax returns while living abroad.

This guide was last updated in April 2023.

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