Applicable Taxes When Emigrating to the UK
It is highly likely that you will need to pay taxes in the UK when emigrating to the UK. If you are self-employed, all the taxes on your income have to be paid to the HMRC via tax returns - also known as self-assessment.
Be aware that you may be taxed twice on the same income unless the country you have business or employment in has a double-taxation agreement with the UK.
You will usually pay National Insurance (NI) if you work in the UK. How you pay depends on whether you are employed or self-employed. You may not be required to pay NI or get a NI number if you either:
Have any Portable Document A1, E101 or E102 from a country in the European Economic Area (EEA)
Have a certificate from a country which has bilateral agreement on social security with the UK
The following countries have a bilateral agreement:
Bermuda, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Isle of Man, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Guernsey, Republic of Korea, Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Philippines, Serbia, USA and Turkey.
You will not have to pay NI for the first 52 weeks if you:
Come from a non-EEA country and non-bilateral agreement country
- Are sent by an employer in your home country to work in the UK for a temporary period