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Strange Tax For Expats And Locals

Expats have a dream of living in a new country under that country’s local laws. This dream can be achieved by those who work hard enough to get there. This dream also has a down side: taxes. Each country that you reside in will have its own set of taxes to abide by. The country you leave, such as the United States, will also still impose tax laws that you must follow. Just because you leave a country or even abide in another as a foreigner, it does not mean that you can ignore the taxes and the implications around them. It is important that you are very familiar with the regulation tax for expat requirements, or that you are working with somebody who is.

Window Tax

In 1966, England imposed a window tax. Home owners were taxed according to how many windows their home had. This tax would have been an applicable tax for citizens as well as an applicable tax for expats. The more windows, the greater the tax bill. As citizens always do, they found a way to lower their taxes. They covered up their windows. While this did reduce their tax bill, it created another problem. The lack of light and circulation began to have a negative effect on their health. As the population’s health declined, protesters began to speak up. Finally, in 1851, this tax law was abolished.

The Width of your House Tax

Property taxes are a well-known tax. Property tax for expats is expected and often uncontested. What is less known is a tax that existed prior to this in Amsterdam. Before square footage became a calculation for taxes, Amsterdam taxed their citizens’ homes by the width along the canal. The wider the faade of your home, the higher your taxes. As usual, the citizens found a way to get around this tax. Build a narrower home. This allowed them to still live along the canal, but to pay much less in taxes. Because of this historic law, Amsterdam’s narrow homes have become a world famous tourist attraction�”but few knew how they came to be this way.

Age Pays Off in New Mexico

If you live past the age of 100 in New Mexico, you become exempt from paying income tax. This is a nice break for those who have managed to live a long life. When researching tax for expats, this law is one that is well worth looking into. We all know that life is full of bills and expenses, and this is one welcomed break for those that hang around long enough to earn it.

Basic Advice & Guidance

Capital allowances’ is the term used to describe the allowances which allow businesses to secure tax relief for certain capital expenditure. Most capital’ items, such as computer equipment, vehicles, machinery etc last for more than a year or so. The tax rules do not allow you to automatically deduct the full cost of such items in one go. And different rules apply to different types of capital expenditure. In some cases no tax relief is available at all even though you may have spent the money solely for business purposes.

Corporation Tax Self Assessment for private GP Practitioners
Corporation Tax typically applies to profits made by limited companies, members’ clubs and to trade and housing associations.
Tax Rates:
FY 2016: 20% FY 2017: 19%

Submissions:
The submission must include the company’s Self Assessment return alongside details of any trade and other losses such as capital losses.
A company has a right to amend its return, including the Self Assessment within 12 months from the statutory filing date.

Keeping Records
The background records that must be kept include but are not limited to the following details of the company’s:
‘capital expenditure’ such as the purchase and sale or disposal of company assets, equipment, office furniture and vehicles;
liabilities (money it is due to pay people and other businesses);
income and expenditure (e.g.: sales and purchases);
stock, if any, on hand at the end of each financial year;
receipts and expenses;
all relevant supporting documentation.

Ways in which to keep tax bills to a minimum & better understanding of business expenses

Income Tax
Income Tax is a tax paid on taxable income received by individuals including:
Earnings from employment
Earnings from self-employment
Pensions income
Interest on most savings
Dividend income
Rental income
Trust income