A dozen facts you may not know about Manx personal income tax

Monday 10 September 2018

With the 6th October personal tax deadline looming, Alison Quayle from Equiom Solutions Tax Consultants outlines some helpful hints for filling out your tax form.

As someone who is well-versed in completing tax returns for local residents, I fully understand how complex it can be. As we approach the deadline, I thought it fitting to share some of the important, yet lesser known facts about reporting income.

  1. A Manx resident taxpayer must include their total worldwide income on their Isle of Man tax return.
  2. Failure to declare all income correctly may result in interest and penalty charges when any omissions come to light.
  3. Under the terms of the exchange of information agreements currently in place, the Isle of Man government receives details of many types of income received by Isle of Man taxpayers from Isle of Man entities and from several other countries including the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, Ireland, the USA and much of Europe. These details are cross referenced to individual records in order to identify omissions.
  4. A change in circumstances – such as your departure from the Island, marriage or your partner’s death - must be notified to the Treasury and may require submission of a tax return within six months of the date of the trigger event.
  5. UK investment products such as Personal Equity Plans (PEPs) and Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs), while not liable to tax in the UK, are subject to income tax in the Isle of Man.
  6. ‘Tax free’ lump sums received from UK pensions may not be tax free in the Isle of Man.
  7. Full details of income and expenditure arising from self-employment or rentals must be included in your Manx tax return - even where the net result may be a loss.
  8. Income (but not capital) received as part of a legacy must be declared in full on your Manx tax return.
  9. A Manx resident who is in receipt of UK income – such as pensions or interest - may find that UK tax is deducted from their payments before they receive them and this may be incorrect.
  10. Tax relief may be available to Manx resident taxpayers for mortgage or loan interest paid to a Manx lender.
  11. Tax relief may also be available for nursing expenses paid by you in respect of yourself or a close relative.
  12. Charitable donations in excess of £100 per charity in a year, or made via a charitable deed of covenant, may give rise to tax relief.

If you need help or advice on your Isle of Man tax return, contact Alison Quayle.

This article has been carefully prepared, but it has been written in general terms and should be seen as broad guidance only. The article cannot be relied upon to cover specific situations and you should not act, or refrain from acting, upon the information contained therein without obtaining specific professional advice. Please contact Equiom to discuss these matters in the context of your particular circumstance. Equiom Group, its partners, employees and agents do not accept or assume any liability or duty of care for any loss arising from any action taken or not taken by anyone in reliance on the information in this article or for any decision based on it.