Remittance basis ― overview

By Tolley

The following Personal Tax guidance note by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Remittance basis ― overview
  • Arising basis and remittance bases
  • Automatic remittance basis
  • Claiming the remittance basis
  • Nominating income and paying the charge
  • What is a remittance?
  • Deciding whether to use the remittance basis

This document discusses all the available reliefs for residential property businesses such as replacement of domestic items relief (2016/17 onwards), replacement of fixtures (2013/14 onwards), statutory wear and tear allowance (2011/12 to 2015/16), statutory renewals basis (2015/16 and prior years) and others.


The rules on remittance changed from 6 April 2008, when it became both more complex and more expensive to utilise the remittance basis. The rules changed again on 6 April 2013 as the abolition of the concept of ordinary residence meant that certain people who had been able to use the remittance basis were no longer able to do so (subject to transitional rules).

This guidance note introduces the remittance basis of taxation and explains what ‘remittance basis’ means. For details of who can qualify for the remittance basis, see the following guidance notes as appropriate:

  • Who can access the remittance basis (pre 2013/14)?
  • Who can access the remittance basis (2013/14 onwards)?

This guidance note discusses the legislation which applied from 6 April 2008 only. For the earlier rules and transitional provisions, see RDRM36000–RDRM36470.

For commentary on the earlier rules, please click here for the pdf extract from Tolley’s Income Tax 2012/13:

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This guidance note does not cover trusts. For the interaction between remittance rules and trusts, see RDRM33590 and RDRM33595.

For more on non-resident trusts, see the UK tax position of non-resident trusts guidance note (and other notes in that sub-topic) and Simon’s Taxes Division C4.4 (both subscription sensitive).

Arising basis and remittance bases

Most people in the UK are taxable on their worldwide income and capital gains on an arising basis. This means that income is taxable when it is paid to the individual or put at his disposal, for instance, by being credited to a bank account. Gains are usually taxable when the disposal occurs. If the individual is taxable on the arising basis, he must declare all his overseas income and gains in the tax year

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