Statutory Residence Test
The government has been consulting on introducing a Statutory Residence Test (SRT). The test which was expected to be introduced from 2012 has been delayed until 6 April 2013. More details are expected to be announced in the 2012 Budget.
There is currently no definition of 'residence' in UK tax law and yet the liability to income tax and capital gains tax (CGT) rests on knowing an individual's UK residence status for a tax year. Currently the determination of residence is based on old case law and, as a recent Supreme Court decision has shown, it can lead to significant uncertainty and large tax liabilities.
The SRT is expected to be based on three parts and an individual would consider each part in turn. If a definite answer on their residence status is found on the first part then there is no need to proceed further. Similarly if the second part gives a definitive answer there is no need to move to the third part. That final test then provides a definitive answer.
The parts and the conditions are as follows:
Part A - satisfy any one of three conditions and the individual is conclusively non-resident in the year.
Part B - satisfy any one of three conditions and the individual is conclusively resident for the year.
If no definite answer under Part B then proceed to Part C
Part C - here the rules combine the time spent in the UK and a number of connection factors which are deemed to link an individual to the UK.
Some individuals who are currently outside the UK, particularly those working abroad, will need to note that the new rules could change their residence status and they may wish to review plans for visits back to the UK and the impact of any potential connecting factors.
Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area.
Internet link: Treasury consultation on residence