Articles written by:

Lisa Smith, BA (Hons), CeFA

Experienced journalist who specializes in expatriate financial matters and global finance news. Expat for over 20 years with my wonderful two children. An ex financial adviser, consultant, teacher and a writer and in my spare time I enjoy surfing. You can usually find me at the beach or in a cafe reading or writing. Currently doing a great deal of investigation, research and reading in to expat pension and retirement plans. Also researching into the South Africa Expat tax developments. I would love to hear your comments on any article I write, it really does fuel my passion for journalism 🙂

Economic Impact Payments for US Expats

The US government is paying millions of dollars into the bank accounts of American expats as coronavirus economic impact payments and this guide will...

HMRC Explained

HMRC is short for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. The HMRC collects the taxes and customs duties that the British government spends...

Difference Between Residence and Domicile

For British expats, their residence and domicile determine how much tax they are likely to pay, both in the country where they...

QROPS, Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme

QROPS is a type of pensions that were designed to cater for the needs of British pension holders that move out of...

Where Do British Expats Live?

More than 5.5 million people from Britain live overseas and leave the country at a rate of around 2,000 a week.

Living In The Philippines, A Guide for Expats

Brilliant weather, a low cost of living and friendly, English speaking people makes The Philippines a popular destination for British expats.

Living in Dubai, A Guide for Expats

Living in Dubai is the dream for thousands of expats enjoying a luxury lifestyle, high salary and a no tax income.

British Passports, A Guide for Expats

If you are wondering what do about your British passport once you make your home in another country, then this guide is...

Last Brits Trapped On Cruise Shops Fly Home

A final rescue flight has seen the last British passengers stuck on nightmare cruise liners riddled with coronavirus back in Britain.

Dire US GDP Results Fail To Hold Back The Markets

Markets are still on the front foot despite the US released the worst GDP figures since the 2008 financial crash.

Capital Gains Tax for British Expats Selling UK Property

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) usually applies to taxpayers who live in the UK, but special rules bring expats and other non-residents into...

Right To Rent Does Not Breach Human Rights, Rules Appeal Court

An Appeal Court judge has slammed landlord discrimination against ethnic minorities and non-UK nationals who want to rent a private home as...

Wealthy Families Seek Private Schooling Discounts

Private schools are in crisis as they figure out how to deal with the coronavirus lockdown. Britain’s private schools...

Tax Haven Companies Barred From Coronavirus Rescue Aid

Governments seeking to reduce their coronavirus bail-out exposure are excluding companies listed in alleged tax havens from bail-out cash.

Retire in Spain, How To Guide for Expats

Retiring to Spain offers many expats a warmer weather, a more relaxed lifestyle and a cheaper cost of living than they can...

QROPS List – May 1, 2020

The number of expat offshore pensions listed under the Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) increased to 1,894 across 28 countries -...

World Tipping Into Doomsday Recession, Warns IMF

The world is facing the deepest recession ever as millions lose jobs and see income dip due to the coronavirus. Banks and political leaders are...

UK Pension Tracing For Expats

Expat retirement savers who have lost track of their UK pensions can stake a claim for a share of billions of pounds...

How to Claim Your UK State Pension as an Expat Retired Overseas

If you are an expat about to retire, or have already retired, and want to claim your UK state pension, you can...

FATCA List – May 2020

The US Internal Revenue Service’s list of foreign financial institutions (FFI) reporting under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) increased by 4,070 to...