If you're a seafarer being paid by a UK company, it's likely that full UK PAYE is being deducted from your wages. Seafarers, however, can avail of certain deductions which mean you could be in line for a refund; in some circumstances the refund can be 100% of the UK tax paid.
Seafarers Earning Deduction (SED) In prior years, the Seafarers Earnings Deduction (SED) was only available to seafarers ordinarily resident in the UK. From 6 April 2011 however the SED became available to all residents of the EEA. As a result, if you meet the relevant conditions you could be eligible to claim a significant refund.
Non-Resident Mariner If you don't qualify for SED but you're not resident in the UK, you may still be due a refund in respect of non-UK duties. You should note that duties undertaken in the UK sector of the North Sea are classified as being undertaken within the UK. As a result no relief is available for duties performed in the UK sector of the North Sea. To learn more about your tax entitlements, talk to our UK specialists today.
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