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Foreigners don’t pay tax? Really

Questions have been asked publicly about whether the expected new economic migrants from the EU will be paying UK tax. It’s generally rather simple and the answer is ‘yes’ – just like the average British worker with the same level of earnings in fact.

Anyone who arrives from Bucharest or Sofia and takes a job with a UK employer to work in the UK is taxable in the UK. And will pay national insurance in the UK. The normal rules apply so low earners (of any nationality) don’t pay much of either. You have to earn £149 or more per week before you pay NIC and £182 per week before PAYE tax is deducted but once your earnings are above these limits then your employer deducts tax through the payroll. It doesn’t matter whether you’re British or not.

EU citizens are entitled to exactly...

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