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A habitual tax residence that forms the basis of taxation for some taxes in the UK, usually after 3 or more years of tax residence in the UK. An individual can also be ordinarily resident immediately upon arrival in the UK in certain circumstances.
The UK Government plans to introduce a new residence test. The aim originally was to bring these new rules into effect from 6 April 2012, but this has now been postponed to 6 April 2013. This is a summary of the current proposals, as amended by the draft legislation that was published in December 2012. It is possible the rules could be changed again before they come into force.