Taxation: British Nationals Abroad

Treasury written question – answered am ar 20 Mai 2024.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that individuals living overseas are paying tax debts.

Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is taking steps to prioritise the recovery of tax debts for those who have moved overseas.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

HMRC recognises the importance of ensuring taxpayers living overseas pay their tax debts like those living in the UK and has a dedicated team that manages the recovery of these debts. HMRC initially pursue overseas debts in the same way as UK debts where they will make attempts to contact the taxpayer through letters and phone calls.

Where a taxpayer does not respond, HMRC have a number of Assistance in Collection agreements in place with various countries. These agreements are reciprocal and allow tax authorities to recover debts on each other’s behalf. That country will use the same recovery processes and powers they do to pursue their own debts.

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