UK Payroll Issues

U.K. revises rules on how short-term business trips by employees from other countries are taxed [HMRC website]: The United Kingdom’s tax agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has amended its Employment Procedures (EP) manual with respect to the taxation of income earned by employees from other countries who are working in the U.K. on a short-term basis. In most circumstances, if employees from other countries perform duties in the U.K., they are responsible for U.K. income tax on a “pay-as-you-earn” (PAYE) basis, regardless of how long they are in the U.K. However, employees who are residents of a country with which the UK has a treaty agreement are not subject to income tax in the U.K. if the resident is in the U.K. for less than 183 days of the taxable year, and certain other conditions are met. Prior to the amendment to the EP manual, when determining the 183 day limit, a partial day counted as a partial day, not a full day. Therefore, someone spending three consecutive 8 hour days working in the UK was regarded as having spent one day in the U.K. Effective April 6, 2009, each partial day spent in the U.K. is now considered a full day. Therefore, someone spending three consecutive 8 hour days working in the U.K. is now regarded as having spent three days in the U.K. for purposes of the 183 day limit. For further information on the U.K. payroll tax system, see http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/employers

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