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Working remotely
« on: December 13, 2019, 10:30:28 PM »
I will be moving to the UK on a spouse visa later this month. When I put in my notice at work, my (US) boss offered to let me still work for her remotely. I am wondering if that would be okay? I thought I read a thread somewhere on this forum that recommended against working remotely for a US company while living in the UK. I can't remember if that only applied to people visiting the UK on a tourist visa or not. Thank you.
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Re: Working remotely
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2019, 10:51:01 PM »
You'll want to seek advice from an accountant on how to do this properly. It can be done, but its not straight forward or easy to set up.

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Re: Working remotely
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2019, 01:13:31 AM »
Okay, thank you. A UK accountant or US one? My employer said she would ask her accountant, and my sister-in-law in the UK is also an accountant.
October 30th: submitted online application
November 8th: biometrics taken
November 11th: Online application received in Sheffield
November 12th: passport and documents sent via UPS
November 13th: documents received in NY
December 5th: "application has been concluded" text message
December 9th: passport received via UPS. Approved!
December 30th: Arrived in UK


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Re: Working remotely
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2019, 01:33:29 PM »
Dual qualified would be best... A US accountant won't know how to keep their company in accordance with UK laws, nor will most UK accountants.

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Re: Working remotely
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2019, 09:22:05 PM »
Okay. Thank you!
October 30th: submitted online application
November 8th: biometrics taken
November 11th: Online application received in Sheffield
November 12th: passport and documents sent via UPS
November 13th: documents received in NY
December 5th: "application has been concluded" text message
December 9th: passport received via UPS. Approved!
December 30th: Arrived in UK


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Re: Working remotely
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2019, 04:59:16 PM »
It’s not just an accountant you need, you’ll also need a good employment law lawyer.

The likely option will be to stop being an employee of theirs and be a contractor instead.  Then you will invoice them gross earnings, as you will now be paying tax to the UK.  Then at the end of the tax year, you’ll complete a self-assessment in the UK and your usual US tax filing.

The other option is for then to issue you a fully compliant UK employment contract.


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Re: Working remotely
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2019, 06:33:03 PM »
It’s not just an accountant you need, you’ll also need a good employment law lawyer.

The likely option will be to stop being an employee of theirs and be a contractor instead.  Then you will invoice them gross earnings, as you will now be paying tax to the UK.  Then at the end of the tax year, you’ll complete a self-assessment in the UK and your usual US tax filing.

The other option is for then to issue you a fully compliant UK employment contract.

Yikes, that sounds complicated! Thank you for the information.
October 30th: submitted online application
November 8th: biometrics taken
November 11th: Online application received in Sheffield
November 12th: passport and documents sent via UPS
November 13th: documents received in NY
December 5th: "application has been concluded" text message
December 9th: passport received via UPS. Approved!
December 30th: Arrived in UK


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