Saturday, April 13, 2024

UK's New Tax Regime for Non-Domiciled Residents


The UK government, in the Spring Budget of 2024, announced significant changes to how foreign individuals residing in the UK are taxed. Previously, non-domiciled residents could leverage the Non-Dom Regime to avoid paying UK taxes on foreign income unless it was brought into the UK. Starting from April 6, 2025, this regime will be abolished.

New Tax Rules from April 2025

Effective DateApril 6, 2025
Old RegimeNon-doms could use the remittance basis to avoid taxes on non-UK income unless remitted to the UK.
New Policy AnnouncementAbolition of the Non-Dom Regime and remittance basis.
Transition to New RegimeNew arrivals can avoid UK tax on non-UK income or gains for up to four years.
Condition for New ArrivalsMust not have been UK tax residents in the past ten tax years.
Annual Claim RequirementNon-doms must claim annually to receive the tax exemption for up to four years.
Taxation After Four YearsPost four years, individuals will pay taxes on worldwide income, like other UK residents.
ImpactMakes the UK tax system simpler and extends a generous initial tax relief for new non-doms.

Implications of the Change

  • Short-term Benefit: The new policy provides an initial four-year period during which new non-domiciled residents do not have to pay UK taxes on foreign income and gains. This is more generous than the previous system where each year's remittance was taxed if brought into the UK.
  • Long-term Uniformity: After the four-year period, these residents will be treated the same as other UK residents, with their global income being taxed.
  • Attractiveness to New Arrivals: This change is intended to make the UK more appealing to international investors and skilled professionals, as they benefit from an initial tax relief period.
  • Fairness and Simplicity: The reform aims to create a fairer and simpler tax system by removing the complexities associated with the remittance basis and domicile status.


This shift represents a strategic change to encourage international talent and investment while ensuring that long-term residents contribute equitably to the UK's tax revenues. New arrivals must plan for a transition to global income taxation after their first four years, aligning their tax obligations with those of other UK residents. This policy may influence decisions on long-term residence and financial planning for potential and current non-domiciled UK residents.