Ian Miles
Partner, James Cowper Kreston, Global Mobility Lead, Kreston Global

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Ian has been a partner at James Cowper Kreston since 2008, with a diverse portfolio of high-net-worth clients. Before he joined James Cowper Kreston, Ian began his career in a Big 6 firm, where he was a National Client Service Director, chairing the Estate Planning Group.

Ian is the global mobility lead for the UK for Kreston Global.

Tax advice on bringing capital into the UK

July 26, 2022

The advice for bringing capital into the UK changed over three years ago. There was a window of opportunity for UK resident individuals who were non-UK domiciled to “cleanse” their offshore accounts so that they could remit funds to the UK free of UK tax. This window closed on 5 April 2019 so that it is no longer possible for someone who is living in the UK to cleanse their funds into clean capital, income and capital gains in order to remit tax-free cash to the UK.

Bringing clean capital into the UK

From 6 April 2019 onwards it has been important for those who are moving to the UK to live to separate out their funds outside the UK between the original capital, income earned on that capital and capital gains. This means identifying the three constituent parts, and making arrangements so that income and gains that arise after the person has arrived in the UK are kept separate by separating them into different bank or broker accounts. Their finances are “clean” up to the point that they move to the UK and become resident here. That clean capital can then be remitted to the UK free of tax whereas the income or gains would be subject to income tax or capital gains tax respectively if remitted. This segregation process must be set up before the individual arrives in the UK.

Avoiding mixed funds

We have experience of one individual who came to see us after arriving in the UK and wanted to bring in cash to buy a house. Unfortunately, this individual had been in the UK for a number of months so cleansing wasn’t possible and they hadn’t segregated accounts before arrival with the result that what is known as a “mixed” fund was remitted and was taxed on the element that represented income and gains.

This shows the importance of taking the right advice before leaving for the UK.

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