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Sunday, 5 January 2014

EU migrants avoid tax in UK

Romanians and Bulgarians can work in the UK but pay taxes at home at a lower rate

This lot won't be paying tax anywhere, the scrounging bastards

Romanians and Bulgarians coming to work can avoid paying taxes in Britain because of a loophole. Instead they can pay taxes at home where basic rates are much lower. The rules allow European workers “posted” to Britain for less than two years to pay national insurance and, in some cases, income tax in their own country.

Almost 100,000 EU immigrants already in Britain are taking advantage of the regulations.

The head of Romania’s biggest recruitment agency, which has just set up an office in London, said yesterday it was perfectly legitimate for workers coming to Britain to pay tax in their own country.
“If you are not becoming a tax resident because you are a temporary worker you can pay the tax in your country of origin,” said Andreas Cser, president of Tjobs Recruit. 
“If you don’t become resident in Britain then you can end up paying taxes in Romania and Bulgaria.” 
His company was yesterday advertising 4,500 jobs for Romanians in Britain including taxi drivers, care assistants, doctors and beauticians.

On Jan 1, Britain lifted restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians coming to work. Some will be eligible — quite legally — to pay taxes abroad. EU migrants working in Britain but paying tax abroad would be entitled to some free health care, housing benefit and child benefit.
Bulgaria charges a flat rate of tax of just 10 per cent on earnings while Romania levies just 16 per cent, compared with a basic UK rate of tax of 32 per cent, comprised of 20 per cent income tax and National Insurance contributions at 12 per cent.

1 comment:

  1. We need these,well educated, highly skilled people to do the jobs we British are too lazy to do for ourselves.

    Can't see it myself. Our own people can always sell the Big Issue.