Can you recommend a tax consultant for an American ex-pat in the UK?
June 19, 2012 3:14 PM Subscribe
I'm seeking recommendations for tax consultants in the UK, or in the US, or maybe both, to figure out where I need to pay taxes.
posted by olinerd to work & money (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Background: I just relocated to the UK on a 2 year visa as the spouse of a visiting armed forces serviceperson. That visa gives me the right to work in the UK, but I am still working for my US company, based in Boston, on a telecommute basis as a part-time employee, being paid in US dollars directly deposited into my US bank account. We called the HMRC office and they after hemming and hawing a bit they said they think I should be paying taxes here, not in the US, since the work is being performed here, but a private tax attorney we spoke with briefly said I may still have some liability for state taxes in Massachusetts since that's where the company is based. The CFO of my company mostly wants to avoid running afoul of any laws so he wants to make sure I get as accurate and confident an answer as possible before my company changes any witholding.
I need to figure out where my tax liability is and how I should either withhold or make periodic estimated payments. But that's all I need to do. My partner and I can do our own returns and everything, and I know I have to file in both countries regardless. We got a quote from a tax consultancy here in the UK that works with a US firm and it was a bit outrageous (twice as much as the immigration lawyers were charging us to figure out our visa situation!) so we're looking for alternatives.
So. Can you recommend a firm to work with who has experience helping out ex-pats to tell me which government I should be giving my money to? I'm living in Plymouth, if you know anyone in the Devon/Cornwall area, but if they're willing to do most of their communication with me by phone or email then I don't care where they are. Like I said, I'm not interested in having them prepare returns for me, I just want them to do the research and be able to tell me where all the laws say my liability is.