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Old Mar 6th 2014, 8:42 pm
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I'll be moving back to the UK in a couple of months. Anyone know if it legal for me to work, as a contractor, for a US company while resident in the UK?

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I'll be moving back to the UK in a couple of months. Anyone know if it legal for me to work, as a contractor, for a US company while resident in the UK?

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If you're English, why not ?
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I'll be moving back to the UK in a couple of months. Anyone know if it legal for me to work, as a contractor, for a US company while resident in the UK?
So long as you pay income tax and NI in the UK, and are either a British citizen or hold a valid work visa, sure, it'll be no problem at all.
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If you're English, why not ?
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So long as you pay income tax and NI in the UK, and are either a British citizen or hold a valid work visa, sure, it'll be no problem at all.
Thanks. Thought as much, but wanted to check. It's a long shot that work will go for it, but wanted to make sure it was legal before I suggested it to them.
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Thanks. Thought as much, but wanted to check. It's a long shot that work will go for it, but wanted to make sure it was legal before I suggested it to them.
You'll have to file your own tax return in the UK, rather than PAYE, but its really not too bad to do - a lot simpler than the USA I think, by the accounts I've read here (pun not intended)
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My business is based in the US but when I go home I'm going to employ myself from the UK.
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Are you talking about continuing your job but working remotely?

I don't know the ins and outs, but you for tax purposes, at least, you have to be careful about what is a contractor and what is an employee. Shouldn't be a problem immigration -wise though.
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You also have to be careful re. pensions/retirement plan.
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Thanks everyone, I'd pay the taxes and what not, that would be fine.

It would only be short term, until the end of the year maximum. Long term it wouldn't be feasible for the company, but I know they will try and help me out as best they can.

This way, it could mean that we're not returning to the UK with both of us out of work.
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So..this is related to your other issue?
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So..this is related to your other issue?
Yes, things took an even worse turn today. See the Pissed Off thread for details
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Sorry man...I can't believe this.
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Default Re: Working for a US company in the UK

Shouldn't be an issue, as others have said. You're a British citizen so you have the right to work in the UK. You'll effectively be self employed, hence the need to file your own taxes, as has been said.

The only limiting factor would be the willingness of the US employer, which doesn't appear to be an issue so you should be good to go.

It's a shame it had to get to that stage for you, of course. A better result would be if the US company would be able to sort out a visa for you. Is that not something they would be willing or able to do?
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Unless the US company has a UK subsidiary, there's no legal entity to employ you to work here. When I've been in this situation, I had to be self employed (I'm a UK citizen, but the company had no UK legal entity).

ETA: Beware, as a self employed person, if your VATable income is greater than the VAT threshold, you'll have that hassle too. I got around it by having no vatable income -- all the income was for services exported to the US. My accountant had to write some documentation to that effect.

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