Tax services for US expats in London

The UK is a popular destination for Americans working or living abroad. However, the tax regime is complex and care should be taken to ensure that you do not fall foul of either the UK or US tax rules. We can help you meet your UK and US tax requirements.

Tax services for US Expats living in LondonWelcome to Rouse Partners, a west of London, award-winning firm of accountants and tax advisors. Through our membership of Praxity, an international alliance of independent accounting firms, we offer US expatriates living in London and across the UK, a high quality, seamless route to completing both their UK and US tax requirements.

With our US expat tax service, you will have direct access to our UK tax advisors, as well as, tax experts based in the US who specialise in reporting requirements for individuals living abroad.

Together, Rouse Partners and Praxity member firms can assist US expatriates in London and the UK, including company directors, senior executives and shareholders, property owners, investors and small business owners.

What are my US and UK tax responsibilities while I live/work in the UK?

US tax responsibilities

If, while you are living in the UK, you remain a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, then you will need to file a US tax return based on your worldwide income with the US federal government each year. In addition to the income tax return, you may be required to file further informational returns based on assets held outside the US.

To avoid double taxation, the US government does offer a number of special provisions and exclusions, which if used correctly, can minimise or in some cases eliminate the tax due. Therefore, having a tax advisor on your side who is experienced at advising US expats in the UK and with connections to knowledgeable US advisors can be a real advantage.

UK tax responsibilities

As an employee – If you will be working as an employee, you will be subject to Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax, which will apply if you are being paid from outside of the UK.

If you are an employee moving to the UK, your employer will submit a “Starter Declaration” to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as part of the monthly online payroll reporting, which will provide certain personal information details, including your start date, address, date of birth and number of hours per week that you expect to work.

Following receipt of your Starter Declaration, HMRC will issue a tax code to you and a copy to your employer which will then be used to determine the total amount of tax to withhold each pay period.

Completing a self-assessment tax return – If you meet any of the following criteria at any point during the tax year, you will be required to complete a self-assessment tax return.

We can prepare your UK tax return on your behalf and provide advice with regards to tax planning to minimise your UK tax liability.

  • Are you claiming non-resident or non-domicile status?
  • Are you self-employed, a company director or a partner in a business?
  • Did you receive income over £100,000?
  • Did you receive £10,000 or more from taxed savings and investments?
  • Did you receive more than £2,500 in untaxed income?
  • Did you receive income from letting out property?
  • Did you receive foreign income liable to UK tax?
  • Are you an employee claiming expenses or professional subscriptions of £2,500 or more?

Our tax services for US expats living in the UK

US tax services – delivered by our US counterparts

  • Filing of US income tax returns
  • Filing of US information returns
  • Analysis of US residency status
  • Analysis of treaty benefits
  • Optimisation of foreign tax credits
  • Social Security Coverage certificates

UK tax services – delivered by Rouse Partners

  • Completing your self-assessment tax return
  • Tax planning advice
  • Advising on your UK residency and non-domicile status
  • Performing all tax calculations and checking your tax codes
  • Dealing with HMRC on your behalf
  • Advising on trusts, property or inheritance tax planning

How our US expat service works

Your UK tax requirements carried our by our award-winning UK based team

Based just outside West London, we are easily accessible by train or car from Central London and we offer an excellent value for money service. Our dedicated tax team are experienced in all areas of tax planning for individuals, families and businesses. So, whether planning your UK tax affairs to utilise reliefs and allowances, or completing your annual UK tax compliance requirements, we can support you. You can view our full range of services here.

Your US tax requirements carried out by our fellow Praxity members in the US

As members of Praxity, an award-winning international alliance of independent accounting firms, we can connect you with US firms who can carry out your requirements locally, providing local regulatory insight, tax assurance and consulting services. Like Rouse Partners, each US firm is successful in their region and highly rated by peers. We have a close working relationship with these US firms, which means that you will benefit from a high quality, seamless tax service at home and abroad.

Contact us

Whether you are planning your move or are already living in the UK, please contact our tax team to discuss how we can assist with your tax requirements and for a free, no obligation quotation. We also offer a range of business tax and accountancy services if you are running or setting up a business in the UK.

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