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Jersey Residency

Jersey is an attractive place to live for a variety of reasons;

- Low corporate and individual taxes
- No capital, wealth or inheritance tax
- Low property tax
- Naturally beautiful scenery and beaches
- Modern infrastructure with a wide array of shops, restaurants and events far exceeding other islands of similar size
- Stable environment and low crime rates
- Short travelling distance to a number of European cities

Jersey does not have residency laws per say, instead they have Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) 2012. As accommodation is very limited in Jersey they have controls on this which subsequently control the population as you cannot become resident in Jersey if you have nowhere to live.

There are four categories which determine where you can live.

- Entitled. If you have lived in Jersey for ten years you can buy or lease any property.
- Licensed. If you have lived in Jersey for five years or are married/civil partner to someone who is entitled you can either buy a property with your entitled spouse/civil partner or can lease a ‘registered’ property.
- Registered. You can lease ‘registered’ property

In some cases individuals are granted their housing status based on their social and economic grounds, this is generally either wealthy individuals who can buy property not within any locals price range and generate a large annual tax contribution or if they are an essential employee i.e. someone qualified for a certain job that cannot be filled by any local. There are numerous factors that are considered though before this is granted.

If you have a place of residence in Jersey and visit this for whatever length of time during the income tax year you will be regarded as resident. You will also be considered resident if you are frequenting Jersey for a total of six months during the income tax year. If you visit for less than six months, but continue visiting for periods of time for consecutive years then you may also be regarded as resident in and from the first year. If you become regarded as resident then you will become liable to tax on your income arising both in and outside of Jersey and may have to prove that you are not ordinarily resident in Jersey and which case you will only be liable for tax on income arising in Jersey.

Although British Citizens and nationals of a Member State of the European Economic Area do not need work permits to enter into employment in Jersey it is still not an easy matter. Employers in Jersey are required to fill any vacancy with local persons, and if unable to do this must apply for a license in order to employ any person who has not been on the Island for five years.

So although there are generally no restrictions to moving and working in Jersey the restrictions on housing and work once there make it a complicated matter and professional advice should be obtained before entering into such a commitment.

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