2008-07-15 21:51:29 UTC
About a year ago I was made redundant in the UK. I signed on for Job Seekers
allowance and subsequently received a nil assessment from the CSA. After 4
months it was becoming obvious that a new job in the UK was not
forthcoming, given my age, so my (new) wife and I decided to take what
remained of the redundancy money and try to start a new life abroad. As a
safety net, we decided to rent our property in the UK (it's in my name) for
twelve months so if it doesn't work out, we can return to the UK.
The CSA have traced me through the letting agency and have now issued an
assessment based on the rental income I am receiving from the property in
the UK. The rental income that they have used is the gross income and
makes no allowance for the percentage I pay the agency for the management,
nor takes into consideration that the rest pays the UK mortgage on the
Obviously(?) they have made no further allowance for any housing costs I'm
currently incurring in my new home, any UK Income Tax for which I may be
liable (I'm hiding nothing from the Inland Revenue - I'm still waiting for
my 2007/2008 assessment - which may or may not include a tax element on the
I've checked the CSA website, but, given that my situation is not a common
one, there is no guidance on what the law is for a non-UK resident (I'm
using the Inland Revenue definition here) with assets in the UK. At the
moment neither my wife or I are working.
If anyone can enlighten me on the legal position, and how I should respond
to the CSA's demand, I would be extremely grateful.