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Seafarers Tax Refund

Have you filed your Seafarer tax return?

Have you files your Seafarers tax refund? The Seafarer’s Earnings Deduction (SED) is also known as Foreign Earnings Deduction (FED). This is a tax relief claimable by UK resident employees working on ships: their earnings are not taxable in UK, so seafarers can claim a full tax refund.


Seafarer Tax Refund FAQ & Information

As the system for Seafarer’s is quite different to everything else we deal with, we do not charge a commission. We charge a one off fee of £210 to deal with your years claim.

Tax Aid for Seafarer’s – the Foreign Earnings Deduction (FED).

The Seafarer’s Earnings Deduction (SED) is also known as Foreign Earnings Deduction (FED). This is a tax relief claimable by UK resident employees working on ships: their earnings are not taxable in UK, so seafarers can claim afull tax refund.

Q: How do I know if I qualify for SED?
A:  You must meet three basic criteria:

1. Qualifying vessel: you must work on a “ship”. There is no strict definition of a “ship” but “offshore installations” (e.g. rigs) are specifically excluded.

2. Qualifying period: you must have completed a period of at least 365 days employment as a seafarer, beginning and ending with a period abroad (offshore work or holiday). Note: you must NOT spend 183 or more continuous days in the UK and you must NOT break the half-day rule: days spent in UK should be less than 50% of the total qualifying period.

3. Qualifying voyage: you must visit a valid foreign port. Each employment in each tax year must include at least one voyage that begins or ends at a foreign port (voyages to installations/rigs qualify too if they are located outside UK).

Q: How can I claim?
A:  Claim your Seafarers tax refund – apply online now

Non Resident Seafarer

If you are a seafarer who is not a resicent in the UK or any other EEA country, you may be able to claim back any UK Income Tax taken off your seafaring eranings.

Any Income from duties you performed in the UK or within the UK continental shelf, will be liable to UK tax, so will duties you performed between UK ports where you did not visit a foreign port. Any duties you performed outside that sector or on direct journeys between UK and foreign ports will not be liable to UK tax.

If you are a seafarer who is not a resident in the UK or any other EEA country, you may be able to claim back any UK Income Tax taken off your seafaring earnings.

Any income from duties you performed in the UK, or within the UK continental shelf, will be liable to UK tax. So will duties you performed between UK ports where you did not visit a foreign port. Any duties you performed outside that sector or on direct journeys between UK and foreign ports will not be liable to UK tax