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Hopkirk | 08:43 Sat 10th Mar 2018 | Personal Finance
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My son will be working abroad for a few months, paid in the local currency

Will HMRC have any claim on his earnings when abroad, if he pays income tax in that country?

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If your son remains a "resident" of the UK he may well have to. Some countries do have a "double taxation agreement with the UK" which means he may well not have to pay tax in both countries.

Have a read of this link, it provides most of the information he may need.

https://www.gov.uk/tax-foreign-income
And I think he should keep HMRC informed for NI contribution reasons.
Will he be working in Country that is a member of the EU?.
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Thanks all.

He isn't currently a taxpayer, being a postgraduate student. This is quite a long reasonably well paid placement in a none EU country. I presume he will be taxed there, and it would feel unfair if then pays income tax a second time.

Presumably if he never tells HMRC, and they don't ask, he might slip under the radar
Oh jeez hopkirk that could land him in a whole heap of trouble.
If this is the start of his working career then he needs to do it right otherwise this could come back to haunt him later - and HMRC always catch up with you sooner or later.
There are penalties for doing what you are suggesting.
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Yes, you're right of course.

He's only just been offered the placement. It's a highly reputable company, and I'm sure many others have passed through this before, so I expect they will give him good advice.
I suggest looking at the HMRC site.
If he decides not to declare it and then tries to bring money into the UK at a later date the banks will notify HMRC.
If he comes backs and works in the UK there will be a gap in NI contributions questions will be raised as he hasn't signed on.
I could go further - best case scenario if he is paying tax there he won't have to pay it here - worst case he will still have to pay some here - wouldn't it be better to be sure from the start.
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Reading vthe the link that you and Flonska supplied suggests he may be able to claim relief if taxed overseas. Thanks for your help everybody.

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