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    Your tax residence status is, potentially, one of the most complex aspects of global tax to get right.

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    The confusing status of your tax residence situation

    If you’ve heard the term tax residence and think that it’s linked to having a secondary residence then you can be forgiven for the subject confusing you. The two can be connected but they’re also their own separate entities, plus, every country has its own rules and regulations about what taxes you have to pay. And if you have a residence in more than one territory to throw into the mix then it’s very easy to get yourself wrapped up in an expensive tax-shaped knot.

    That’s why Tax Natives have experts around the world who specialise in residence tax. They’ll be familiar with all the tax rules and regulations relating to a residence (or more than one residence) in your chosen territory. They’ll ensure that you comply with all your tax commitments but they’ll also know which, if any, exemptions and deductions that you’re entitled to. To speak to one of these tax gurus just hit the button below and we’ll make the relevant introductions.

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    Tax residence: What is it and why does it matter so much?

    Let’s address the elephant in the room first: The difference between the terms tax residence and second residence.

    Tax residence refers to the country or jurisdiction where you or your company are required to pay taxes.

    Your determination of tax residence is based on various factors such as the length of stay, the purpose of stay, source of income, and other relevant criteria. In some countries, you only have to spend a single day there to qualify, whereas other countries have laws in place to prevent you from being a tax resident for a number of years. But where it gets really confusing is having a second residence doesn’t automatically make you a tax resident there, you often have to apply for that status.

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    5 reasons why second residence status could complicate how much tax you have to pay

    1. Additional property taxes

    Owning a second residence means you’ll likely have to pay property taxes on both your primary and secondary properties. These taxes can vary depending on the location of each property, and the assessed value of them.

    2. Rental income taxes

    If you decide to rent out your second residence, you’ll need to report any rental income on your tax return. Depending on where your second residence is located, you may be subject to additional taxes such as occupancy tax, transient occupancy tax, or rental income tax.

    3. Foreign tax laws

    If your second residence is located in a different country, you may be subject to foreign tax laws. These laws can be complex and vary depending on the country, so it’s important to consult with a tax professional who has expertise in international tax law.

    4. Capital gains taxes

    If you decide to sell your second residence, you may be subject to capital gains tax. This tax can vary depending on how long you’ve owned the property, whether you’ve made any improvements to it, and other factors.

    5. Estate taxes

    If you pass away and leave your second residence to your heirs, they may be subject to estate taxes. The rules governing estate taxes can be complex, and the amount of tax owed can vary depending on the value of the property and other factors.

    Do any of these scenarios sound horribly familiar? Don’t worry, we can take that load off your shoulders. We have a trusted network of tax advisors in all four corners of the globe whose bread and butter is arranging and dealing with tax residence status. Get in touch and solve all your residence tax problems today.

    How tax residence and non-dom tax are linked

    Tax residence and domicile status are linked because both concepts are related to the taxation of individuals in a particular country.

    In general, a person’s tax residence determines which country has the right to tax their worldwide income. If a person is considered a tax resident in a particular country, that country will typically tax their income regardless of where it was earned.

    Non-domicile (Non-dom) status, on the other hand, is a separate status that in certain countries, such as the United Kingdom, might result in other implications. For example, in the UK, this regime might allow an individual who is not domiciled in the UK to only pay tax on UK income or gains that are earned in the country or remitted to the UK.

    However, even if a person is not domiciled in a country, they may still be considered a tax resident if they meet certain criteria, such as spending a certain amount of time in the country or having a permanent home there. In this case, the person would be subject to the country’s normal tax rules, including those that apply to worldwide income.

    So, while non-dom tax can be a way for individuals who are not domiciled in a country to reduce their tax liability, their tax residence status will ultimately determine whether they are subject to this regime or not.

    Why Tax Natives?

    Think of us as a tax dating service (stay with us on this). We swipe through our network of international tax consultants and find one that’s a perfect match for your unique tax situation.

    Whether you’re of retirement age and are looking to invest your pension, a property magnate expanding your portfolio into new countries, or a stakeholder in a business that is opening up a satellite in a new location, our international tax advisors can help you with the tricky business of abiding by local tax laws.

    We’ll strip away all the jargon and make the world of international tax feel much more intimate. A match made in international tax heaven, if you will. Find out more about your tax destinations and jurisdictions using the map below.

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    The Curator is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team. As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    However, the Curator has additional responsibilities. They are tasked with the responsibility of managing and updating one of the jurisdiction pages. There is only one Curator membership available for each jurisdiction.

    Where a Curator fulfils their commitments then they receive a 100% discount against their monthly membership fee.

    A Curator can also provide articles if they wish.

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    The Creator is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team. As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    The Creator is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team. As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    However, the Creator has additional responsibilities. They commit to their other Natives that they will produce at least one piece of quality content each quarter – whether an article, video or other valuable content.

    There are multiple Creator memberships available for each jurisdiction. Where a Curator fulfils their commitments then they receive a 100% discount against their monthly membership fee.

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    The Adviser is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team. As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    The Adviser is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team. As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    The Adviser Native is a care-free soul and has made no other commitments to his fellow Tax Natives to generate content or curate a jurisdictional page. That’s cool.

    However, the Adviser will be eligible to pay the full monthly membership fee.

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    The Curator is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team. As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    The Curator is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team. As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    However, the Curator has additional responsibilities. They are tasked with the responsibility of managing and updating one of the jurisdiction pages.

    There is only one Curator membership available for each jurisdiction.

    Where a Curator fulfils their commitments then they receive a 100% discount against their monthly membership fee.

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    TAX NATIVES: CREATOR

    Creator

    The Creator is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team. As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    However, the Creator has additional responsibilities. They commit to their other Natives that they will produce at least one piece of quality content each quarter – whether an article, video or other valuable content.

    There are multiple Creator memberships available for each jurisdiction. Where a Curator fulfils their commitments then they receive a 100% discount against their monthly membership fee.

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    Adviser

    The Adviser is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team.

    As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    The Adviser Native is a care-free soul and has made no other commitments to his fellow Tax Natives to generate content or curate a jurisdictional page.

    That's cool.

    However, the Adviser will be eligible to pay the full monthly membership fee.

    Initial admin fee £250 Free £250 Free £250 Free
    Minimum membership term 12 months 12 months 12 months
    Article contentCreator and Curators must create at least one piece of original, quality-approved content each quarter.
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    YesCreator and Curators must create at least one piece of original, quality-approved content each quarter.
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    Managing and updating your
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    Yes
    No
    No

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    Curator

    The Curator is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team. As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    However, the Curator has additional responsibilities. They are tasked with the responsibility of managing and updating one of the jurisdiction pages.

    There is only one Curator membership available for each jurisdiction.

    Where a Curator fulfils their commitments then they receive a 100% discount against their monthly membership fee.

    Initial admin fee £250 Free
    Minimum membership term 12 months
    Article contentCreator and Curators must create at least one piece of original, quality-approved content each quarter.
    No
    Managing and updating your jurisdiction page Yes

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    TAX NATIVES: CREATOR

    Creator

    The Creator is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team. As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    However, the Creator has additional responsibilities. They commit to their other Natives that they will produce at least one piece of quality content each quarter – whether an article, video or other valuable content.

    There are multiple Creator memberships available for each jurisdiction. Where a Curator fulfils their commitments then they receive a 100% discount against their monthly membership fee.

    Initial admin fee £250 Free
    Minimum membership term 12 months
    Content creationCreator and Curators must create at least one piece of original, quality-approved content each quarter.
    YesCreator and Curators must create at least one piece of original, quality-approved content each quarter.
    Managing and updating your jurisdiction page No

    £65 / month

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    Adviser

    The Adviser is a fully-fledged member of the Tax Natives team.

    As such, they are capable of making introductions to other Tax Natives and are also able to take leads from their fellow Natives.

    The Adviser Native is a care-free soul and has made no other commitments to his fellow Tax Natives to generate content or curate a jurisdictional page.

    That's cool.

    However, the Adviser will be eligible to pay the full monthly membership fee.

    Initial admin fee £250 Free
    Minimum membership term 12 months
    Content creationCreator and Curators must create at least one piece of original, quality-approved content each quarter.
    No
    Managing and updating your jurisdiction page No

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    Andy joined the bar in 2019 after learning his ‘trade’ in large, international accountancy firms including the Big 4.

    Over a decade ago (2011 to be precise), hoping that some of the magic dust from these entrepreneurial clients had rubbed off on him, he established his own tax advisery business.

    His clients, as well as the aforementioned entrepreneurs, also include high-net-worth individuals, sports persons and entertainers and private companies.

    He decided to establish Tax Natives due to his first hand experience of regularly having to quickly find reliable and knowledgeable tax advisers around the globe to assist his clients.

    He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (“STEP”).

    Having grown up in Castleford, West Yorkshire, Andy has rugby league in his DNA. He is also a Yorkshire cricket fan and long-suffering Everton supporter.

    His guitar playing ambition exceeds his proficiency.

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    Stuart Stobie

    Founder & Director

    Stuart has accumulated 25 years of experience in the trust and fiduciary business sector. His journey commenced in Hong Kong alongside Grant Thornton, and subsequently, he became an integral part of Sovereign, driving business growth across Asia and being appointed Managing Director, before transitioning to Gibraltar.

    After a successful tenure as the Managing Director of Sovereign’s Gibraltar head-office, Stuart’s path led him to Zurich, where he became associated with Coutts Bank. There, he served as a private banker on their Asia desk. Eventually, he returned to the United Kingdom, where he contributed his expertise to a venture capital enterprise. In 2018, he reconnected with Sovereign, this time stationed at the Wirral office which has recently relocated to Chester’s Coachworks. As Managing Director of Sovereign Corporate and Trustee Services Ltd, his responsibilities centre around business development in the North, with a particular focus on corporate and trust work.

    Stuart’s professional journey has afforded him membership in STEP. His diverse background in the financial and fiduciary domain equips him to tackle a wide array of challenges and devise solutions for his clients and collaborators.

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    Tax Natives is an international tax network that connects taxpayer clients with qualified and regulated tax advisers, from one jurisdiction to another. But we’ll let Andy explain – he’s good at this stuff.

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