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    7 April 2020

    Andy Wood

    Non domicile status


    The press might want us to think it was another one of those loopholes exploited by high net worth individuals. The fiends.

    However, the use of the L-word in relation to domicile, and the tax consequences flowing from a non-domicile status, is absolute nonsense.

    So, what is domicile?

    Domicile is a concept of general international law. It is the place where one permanently or indefinitely resides. It might be called someone’s home.

    Every person has a domicile and only one domicile.

    Types of domicile

    There are three types of domicile.

    Firstly, one starts out life by inheriting a domicile of origin from, usually, one’s father. This will form the bedrock of a person’s status. It can be supplanted by the acquisition of a (secondly) domicile of choice which through (i) physical presence in a jurisdiction; and (ii) the intention to remain there permanently or indefinitely.

    Finally, one might also have s domicile of dependence – one’s domicile will change with one’s father until such time as the child reaches age 18.

    What about those tax advantages?

    The tax advantages flowing from one’s non-dom status are not an accident.

    They were clearly created specifically by Government. These rules have been significantly revamped in 2008 and, more recently, with effect from 6 April 2017.

    As such, the normal use of one’s non-domicile status is clearly not tax avoidance territory.

    For more information on these tax advantages please view our short video on this.


    If you have any queries about you, or your client’s domicile status, or would like to find out more about non dom tax, then please do get in touch.


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