3. Find out how the local tax system works
Anyone leaving a country for a long period of time – such as for an international secondment – needs to notify the relevant authorities in order to avoid any legal complications. For example, expats leaving the UK should contact HMRC to ensure they’re not paying too much or too little tax while overseas.
Knowing what tax needs to be paid can be tricky, especially when it comes to an issue like property. So, depending on the how complicated the system is in your new home country, it may be worth consulting a workplace global mobility manager or HR representative to ensure everything goes smoothly.
4. Consider how the move will impact your pension
Having a pension that you’re actively paying into is a great way to futureproof your finances. If you’re moving abroad, make sure to check how you can continue to pay into your voluntary pension, or consider whether you’d like to start one from scratch. If you work for a company with an HR department, ask them to help you find a pension provider in your new location.
For expats who have left the UK, if you’re nearing retirement age, you should also make sure the International Pension Centre is aware you live abroad. That’s because, if you’ve paid enough UK national insurance contributions to qualify, you can still claim your state pension.