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New tax changes could cause problems for expat landlords

£20 notes in shape of a houseWhen you move abroad to a popular expat destination, whether that’s to France, Italy, Spain, or Grand Cayman, good wealth management is key to ensuring you’ll enjoy your life abroad to the fullest.

Proper financial planning should ensure you have enough saved for retirement, but some people are always looking for ways to boost their pension pots. One of the key methods used by many expat retirees to accomplish this is by owning a UK property and renting it out.

However, expats who rely on rental profits from buy-to-let properties back home for a steady stream of income may face issues thanks to new tax changes, which apply to all landlords letting out UK property regardless of where in the world they themselves reside.

Voluntary tax fails to deliver

TrondheimNorway’s novel wealth management strategy of allowing taxpayers to pay additional tax if they feel their mandatory contributions are an insufficient reflection of their true capability to pay has yielded a perhaps unsurprising result: since the scheme’s launch in June just $1,325 in extra revenue has been raised.

The voluntary contributions strategy was initially mooted as a response to criticisms that Norway’s centre-right government was over-enthusiastically cutting taxes while simultaneously increasing spending.

Could the Dutch tax break for expats be changing?

Amsterdam CanalAs an expat the way you pay tax and how your regular savings may grow could be very different to how it is at home in the UK, which is why all expats need to be fully aware of the financial systems of their chosen country of residence.

For instance, if you have moved to the Netherlands for work, or you’re considering a move in the near future, changes to a beneficial tax break could be on the horizon meaning your entitlement to tax-free income is cut.

Italy introduces new tax break for wealthy expats

Italy has introduced a new 'non-dom' tax incentive which may see many wealthy British expats relocating to its shores, as well as convincing rich Italian expats to return. The new measure was approved by the Italian parliament in December as part of Italy's Finance Bill 2017.

It ensures that foreign residents will be exempt from Italian tax on all offshore income and gains for a flat-rate tax charge of €100,000 (about £84,000). For a further €25,000, the tax exemption can be extended to family members.

UK probate fees – a tax on bereavement?

Linking probate fees to the size of a person’s estate is effectively a tax on bereavement. Families with large estates in the UK will now have to start considering ways to reduce the size of their estate before they die. 

Income tax rise for British expats

moneyUnder new plans proposed by the Government, and included in Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement, British expatriates with offshore pensions will face a higher income tax rate.

The plans say that those with QROPS (qualifying registered overseas pension schemes) will be subject to the same tax treatment as those with UK pensions, meaning that they will pay 100 per cent instead of their current 90 per cent. There will also be further measures taken to make setting up a QROPS more complex in the future.

Spanish Inheritance Tax Explained

As retirement draws near, many of us begin to think about how we want our hard-earned earthly possessions to be distributed amongst our nearest and dearest. Making a will, of course, is a good starting point, but you also might want to think about the slice of the pie that the taxman will take from our relatives’ inheritance.

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