Norway’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.
As 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.
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.
Under 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.
Plans have been released by Brussels to introduce a travel tax on post-Brexit UK travellers. British people will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a “travel tax” and being forced to fill out a form under plans unveiled by Brussels. The US-style visa waiver scheme is one of the first concrete signs UK citizens will not be permitted the privileges they once had, to move across European borders unhindered.