UKC in UK (after 10 years in Mexico) self-emp tax query poss work for US comp

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UKC in UK (after 10 years in Mexico) self-emp tax query poss work for US comp


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Default UKC in UK (after 10 years in Mexico) self-emp tax query poss work for US comp

Hello to all,
I have returned to England 1st May 2011 after over 10 years abroad living and working in Mexico. Return due to to family member being ill and caring for them (still doing this at the moment - not receiving benefits for this).
I am considering becoming self employed in UK for remainder of my stay (indefinite at moment) for several reasons.

1. I do healing work (various modalities - including facial reflexology, reiki, crystal therapy) and have had some clients since I have been back in UK and would like to have more, and want to pay taxes appropriately. (My main client has been remote via skype in Switzerland).

2. I am also a designer and tile artist and have a chance to do design work for a US company (one that I know - as my boss [in Mexico] is American - he lives in LA and moves back and forth to Mexico on regular basis) and is involved in the current US project). This design work can be done remotely by me in the UK. It is likely to begin soon. Later on there would be periods of time where I would need to implement the work in the US, but this would not be for some months - maybe 6 or more.

Questions:
If I become self-employed here in the UK, and register with the inland Revenue and get my self-employment number, and pay taxes on my income here for the work I do with the design tile work (US company), do I need to do anything else? I would invoice the US company for my hours of work probably on a monthly basis.

Does the US company I would be working for have to do anything specific their end for it to be fully legal?

Does anyone know the ins and outs of being self-employed in a multi-faceted way ie having different types of employment - the healing work and the tiling/design work under one self-employment number.

Other issue:
At the moment my own funds are limited (due to having cared for my family and not being able to work much) and was considering living with my mother for a few months whilst beginning my new endeavours - she lives in France. If I was just to be with her for a few months and do my work for the US company remotely would this affect my tax payments in the UK?

My long term plan:
I have a US boyfriend, we have been together for over 2 years now. He has visited me in Mexico and stayed there with me for long periods of time. We would like to get married and be able to live in the same place together. We are looking into doing this in the US.
We have evidence of our relationship in photos and emails and skype conversations dating back to when we got together.
I was thinking if I can do enough of the tile/design work remotely to save up funds here in the UK, then we would apply for the fiance visa for the US, wait until this came through, and then I would go and join him in Oregon, to get married asap and apply for the i485 + work visa so I could continue the tile work and then do implimentation there with a proper work visa.
I understand that there could be time delays or anomalies that we would not be able to predict - just wanting anyone's info/opinions on any or all of the above.

Thanks for your time and patience in reading this long thread....
Anna

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