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Is research prize from Italy taxable in the UK for a non-domicile resident?

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    I feel it's a complicated wording question.

    I am an international student studying in the UK as a PhD student. I received a research prize from an Italian academic society for training purposes (I am needed to spend a month in Italy doing research). The prize is worth €3000 and subject to 30% Italian income taxation.

    The coordinator from the society indicated that I could ask for a certificate of residence from the UK tax authority to avoid double taxation. I am still very perplexed about my situation.

    1. Would I be taxed in the UK? (I am also a recipient of a PhD tax-free studentship)

    2. Has anyone ever required the certificate from the HMRC? Can you please share your experience and the process?
    3. I am in Italy now so I am not sure what I could do. If the Italian side deducts the taxation, will I be able to claim it back when I return to the UK?

    Thank you!

    Please let me know if there is any source of information that I could read.

    Well firstly in general academic awards, studentships, stipends etc are usually exempt from taxation in the UK so you should be okay on that front. When in the UK visit a Citizen's Advice Bureau (they're everywhere) as they an give you the best advice on UK taxes. This is their page on taxable and non-taxable income.

    There is a page on Italian income tax here it has a link to not paying twice if you live outside Italy but this is in Italian (not sure if you're Italian or not!). Just in case you don't speak Italian I found the one relating to the UK here in English.

    There is a longer document here but I can't vouch for it's accuracy. Based on this it seems that you should be taxed in the UK as you (I presume) are domiciled in the UK, in which case you should get a full exemption.

    I would get the details of your award and phone HMRC in the UK and the equivalent taxation body in Italy to get to the bottom of it.

    I hope some of this is helpful!
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