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Case Study: Client Going to Work Overseas Temporarily

A client had been offered a good contract in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was getting conflicting information from the agent who had introduced the contract and other contractor friends on what the tax implications of working overseas on this contract.

He asked us for advice on the tax implications.

Tax issues arising from working overseas are very complicated. Both the UK tax position depending on residence or non-residence and tax that may be charged in the country where one will be working need to be taken into account.

The UAE do not charge tax on the overseas workers income, although there is a visa scheme that needs to be addressed. Our client was expecting to be working there for about five months and therefore would continue to be UK resident. Based on his circumstances we were able to provide guidance to our client on the various issues to clear the confusion.

The tax implications of working overseas will almost always vary considerably depending on the length of time of the overseas contract and the individuals own circumstances. Often specialist tax advice is required and we will work together with our client to help explain this complicated area of tax and help to find the best solution available.

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