Jun 30, 2013 - Croatia became a member of the European Union

With effect from 1 July 2013 Croatian nationals will be able to move and live freely and unrestricted for the first 3 months following their arrival in the UK. After 3 months they will be entitled to continue residing legally in the UK provided they are exercising a Treaty right as a student, a self-employed person, or if self-sufficient (and not economically active).

They will not have an automatic right to reside as a worker or a jobseeker in the UK and will need to obtain work authorisation (permission to work) before starting any employment, unless they are exempt from this requirement.


Jun 09, 2013 - Changes to the Immigration Rules

The Home Office introduced further changes to the Immigration Rules that will come into effect on 1st July 2013.

The changes include:

  • updated list of approved English language tests for the English language requirement including the documents required with the application;
  • clarification regarding maintenance funds, ‘regulated financial institution’ refers to institutions regulated for the purpose of personal savings accounts and/or student loans;
  • further legal courses (Law Conversion Course, the Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course) are now exempt from the time ...

Mar 19, 2013 - Budget 2013

The Chancellor has delivered his Budget to Parliament

Major points

  • Changes in income taxation
  • Employment allowance
  • Corporation taxes
  • Changes in consumer and welfare taxation

Income Taxes PAYE and NIC

Tax free the allowance will reach £9,440 with the single largest cash increase in its history. From 6 April 2014 the government is planning to bring personal allowance to £ 10 000. 

At the same time lowered salary threshold for 40% income tax rate. Now everybody earning from 32,010 to 150 annually will pay taxes at higher rate. 

Employment Allowance

From April 2014 every business and charity in ...

Mar 13, 2013 - Changes to Immigration Rules

The government has today laid before Parliament its Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules (previously announced in outline) to come into force on 6th April, 2013.

Most changes are minor so we will list only the most significant here.

PhD students at a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) will be able to stay in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, sponsored by the HEU, for 12 months after successfully completing their PhD.

The Codes of Practice will be revised from 6th April 2013 to simplify and update the ‘going rate’ in each occupation.  Overall salary thresholds will also be increased.  The li...

Mar 03, 2013 - Amendments to Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers (Tier 2 migrants)

The Codes of Practice will be revised from 6th April 2013 to simplify  and update the ‘going rate’ in each occupation.  Overall salary thresholds will also be increased.  The lists of skilled occupations will also be updated.

The Resident Labour Market Test criteria will also be revised to provide a simple set of criteria in respect of appropriate advertising.

Feb 25, 2013 - New Residence rules for individuals

As you are probably aware from 06/04/2013 UK government implements new tax rules which would regulate tax residency matter. We believe that these rules make a tax residency legislation more clear and easy to use in order to establish tax residency of a particular individual. It is worth to mention that under current legislation there is no statutory definition of "residence". Instead, it takes its normal, everyday meaning. That interpretation is quite subjective and caused many complications in the past. Tax advisers have been expecting below summarised news for quite a while. We would like to...