To become a non-resident of the United Kingdom, you must meet certain criteria that are defined by the UK tax authorities.
Here are some of the key points to consider:
Residence status: Your residence status is determined by a number of factors, including the amount of time you spend in the UK, the purpose of your visits, and the nature of any ties you have to the UK (such as a home, family, or business). If you spend 183 days or more in the UK in a tax year (6 April to 5 April), you will generally be considered a UK resident for that tax year. If you spend less than 183 days in the UK, you may still be considered a UK resident if you have a “sufficient presence” in the UK, meaning that you have a home in the UK, work in the UK, or have other close ties to the country.
Automatic overseas tests: There are two automatic overseas tests that can determine your residence status: the automatic overseas test for the first year of absence and the automatic overseas test for subsequent years of absence. If you pass one of these tests, you will be considered a non-resident for tax purposes.
Statutory residence test: If you do not meet the criteria for automatic non-residence, you can apply for a determination of your residence status using the statutory residence test. This test takes into account various factors, including the amount of time you spend in the UK, the purpose of your visits, and your ties to the UK.
It is important to note that your residence status can have significant tax implications, as non-residents are generally subject to different tax rules than UK residents. If you are unsure about your residence status or have any specific questions about becoming a non-resident of the UK, you should seek professional advice.