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Oury Clark

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Can I work from home abroad? The Britons working remotely overseas — and how you can do it too

20.10.2020 Share

What you need to know before moving

As dreamy as working by the beach sounds, there are plenty of things to consider before booking your flight – from taxes, to healthcare and, of course, Brexit.

Talking to your employer
As an employee the first thing you’ll need to do is get approval from your employer.

Andrew Oury, partner at legal firm Oury Clark, said: “Workers need to go back and look at the terms of their employment contracts. Most, if not all, of these will state ‘place of work’ as the office.

So, the answer to the question ‘can’t I work remotely from Spain, Rio, or wherever’ can, legally, be a firm no.”

If you’ve argued your case successfully there are still some legal considerations that both you and your employer need to be wary of.

Taxes, visa and Brexit
Laws vary from country to country, but after a period of time spent abroad there is a chance you might need to pay tax there. Mr Oury said: “Technically wherever you are in the world, you have to comply with local tax and employment law, meaning wages have to be localised and a local payroll will be needed.”

Next year, UK citizens might also be hit by new visa restrictions. The UK is currently still bound to the EU’s rules. This means that until the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December, UK nationals still have the right to live and work anywhere in the European Economic Area (EEA). However, according to Mr Oury, Brexit might affect your rights to work and visa obligations in each country.

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