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Answers So Far..

  • Someone asked:
    I am a seaman working in the middle east. Can I reclaim the National Insurance I have paid?
    • Nicolson Accountancy replied:
      Possibly as this is a very complex area of law.If you meet all the following tests, then you may be entitled to reclaim the NI:
      • The ship is registered outside the UK
      • You are the Master or a Crew member
      • The employment contract was entered into inside the UK, and
        1. The employer is based outside the UK, and
        2. The employer does not have a place of business in the UK
        or
      • The employment contract was entered into outside the UK, and
        1. The employer is based outside the UK, and
        2. Neither the employer nor ship owner has a place of business in the UK
      HMRC will want to see the P60 forms, your Discharge Book and possibly your contracts before approving any refund.The above is not a complete list of all the conditions but it summarises the major issues that we see arise.