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Essential Contacts for Americans in the UK


NOT 911
Please pay special attention to the Emergency Number. In the UK it is NOT 911. Use 999 (the one most British people know).

EMERGENCIES
Fire, Police, Ambulance 999 (NOT 911)

NON-EMERGENCY POLICE CONTACT
If you need to contact UK police on a non-emergency matter, call 101

MEDICAL ADVICE LINE
The NHS offers non-emergency medical help by telephone. Phone: 111
The NHS website is http://www.nhs.uk
(NB the previous NHS Direct service was closed in 2014.)

Direct Dial Code, US       001
Direct Dial Code, Canada       001
Direct Dial Code, Germany       00 49
Operator Assistance, UK       100
Operator Assistance, International       155
Telephone Repairs       151
International Directory Assistance       153

TRANSPORTATION
London Underground       020 7222 1234
National Rail Enquiries       08457 4849 50
National Bus Service       0990 808080

UNITED STATES EMBASSY
uk.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/embassy/

To January 16, 2018
24 Grosvenor Square
London
W1A 1AE
United Kingdom
Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7499 9000
Fax: +44 (0)20 7894 0020

From January 16, 2018
33 Nine Elms Lane
London
SW11 7US
United Kingdom
Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7499 9000
Fax: +44 (0)20 7894 0020




The US Consulate General, Belfast, Northern Ireland
https://uk.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/belfast
Consul General in Belfast: James Lawton
US Consulate General, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Danesfort House
223 Stranmillis Road
Belfast
BT9 5GR
Phone: +44 (0)28 9038 6100
Fax: [44] (0)28 9068 1301
For after-hours emergencies: +44 (0)2890 386104

Hours of Operation:
Please note that the US Consulate in Northern Ireland is not open for walk-in enquiries. Normal hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. All offices are closed on Saturday, Sunday, and all US UK, and Northern Irish public holidays.

The US Consulate General, Edinburgh, Scotland
https://uk.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/edinburgh/
Principal Officer: Susan A Wilson
Consulate General
3 Regent Terrace
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH7 5BW
Phone: +44 (0)131 556-8315
Fax: +44 (0)131 557-6023
For after-hours emergencies for American Citizens please phone the main US Embassy switchboard: +44 (0)20 7499 9000
E-mail: Edinburgh-Info@state.gov

Hours of Operation:
Please note that the US Consulate in Edinburgh is not open for walk-in enquiries. Normal hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. All offices are closed on Saturday, Sunday, and all US and UK public holidays.

Visa information:
The US Consulate in Edinburgh does NOT issue visas. Contact the main US Embassy in London for visa enquiries.

The US Virtual Consulate in Cardiff, Wales
https://uk.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/cardiff/
Phone - From Wales: +44 (0)29 2002 6419
Phone - From Outside Wales: +44 (0)20 7499 9000

The Cardiff Office is unable to provide information about visas, or consular services for American citizens. Enquirers should visit the Visa Services and the American Citizen Services pages on the main Embassy site.

Taxation Services


ABBM Group
ABBM Group

Expatriates have special tax considerations both at home and abroad. The complexity and constant change in tax rules-both US and foreign-demands a higher level of knowledge and service. We offer professional help to guide you through this maze of complexities. Whether your needs include having your income tax prepared, planning your taxes or estate, contending with an IRS audit, or getting compliant with the recent FATCA and FBAR disclosure requirements, we are prepared to meet all of your tax needs. Contact: Clint Bateman CPA Kara McDuffie CPA Kelli Perkins CPA

   713.552.9800
  Fax 713.552.9700
   cbateman@abbmgroup.com
   http://www.abbmgroup.com
   9575 Katy Freeway, Suite 370 Houston, TX 770242 USA
Bambridge Accountants
Bambridge Accountants

Bambridge Accountants specialise in the preparation of US expatriate taxes, including the streamlined process, for Americans living abroad. We are based in the heart of Covent Garden and offer fixed fees for US personal and corporate tax returns.

   +44 (0)20 3829 3492
   info@bambridgeaccountants.co.uk
   www.bambridgeaccountants.co.uk
   7 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8PS
Blick Rothenberg
Blick Rothenberg

Winner of the "Best UK International and Expatriate Tax Team" and also Cross Border Pensions Adviser of the Year. Leading tax practice with a highly respected client base and excellent reputation for providing high quality UK/US personal and corporate tax services with an international focus.

   +44 (0)20 7486 0111
   mark.abbs@blickrothenberg.com
   www.blickrothenberg.com
Twitter @BlickRothenberg
   16 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5AH
BRIGHT! Tax
Bright! Tax

Bright!Tax is a leading US expat tax services provider for Americans living in the UK. Winner of the 2017 FEM EMMA Tax Provider of the Year award. Visit brighttax.com to learn more.

   +1.212.465.2528
   inquiries@brighttax.com
   brighttax.com
Burton Sweet
Burton Sweet
Tax Return Preparation and compliance service for US Expatriates. Specialist in providing advice on UK/US Tax interaction. Affordable Fixed Fees. Contact Rachel Finch.

   01934 620011
   rachel@burton-sweet.co.uk
   www.burton-sweet.co.uk
Twitter @burtonsweet
   Spencer House, Morston Court, Aisecome Way, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset BS22 8NG
Butler Snow LLP
Butler Snow

From our offices in London, Asia and the US, Butler Snow attorneys deliver tax and estate planning advice for clients residing outside of the US who have US business interests, family members or investments.

London: Brad F. Westerfield  
+44 (0)20 33003802
   Brad.Westerfield@butlersnow.com
Singapore: Kurt G. Rademacher  
+65 6808 6291
   Kurt.Rademacher@butlersnow.com
   www.butlersnow.com
  Twitter @Butler_Snow
  Facebook @ButlerSnowLaw
Cleartaxation Group
Cleartaxation Group

Professional and affordable clear tax advice provided by Enrolled Agents and UK Chartered Tax Advisers. Free initial consultation throughout the UK.
We can manage all your US and UK tax affairs and their interaction.

   0800 917 6765
   taxhelp@cleartaxation.co.uk
   www.cleartaxation.com
Expat Tax Professionals LLC
Expat Tax Professionals LLC

After spending the majority of their respective careers at two of the largest accounting firms (PwC and Ernst & Young), Joshua Ashman and Ephraim Moss founded Expat Tax Professionals, a firm specializing in the needs of U.S. citizens living abroad.

   www.expattaxprofessionals.com
Joshua Ashman, CPA – Founder
   (718) 887-9933 •    jashman@expattaxprofessionals.com

Ephraim Moss, Esq. – Founder
   (718) 887-9933 •    emoss@expattaxprofessionals.com
Frank Hirth
Frank Hirth

Established in 1975, and guided by a passion for building lasting relationships with our clients based on trust, understanding and technical excellence, we use our in-depth knowledge of US and UK tax jurisdictions to advise our clients through their complex tax issues, for both the present and the future.

020 7833 3500
   mail@frankhirth.com
   www.frankhirth.com

1st Floor, 236 Gray's Inn Road , London, WC1X 8HB
Frontier US Services
Frontier US Services

With over 20 years of experience in the tax sector, we offer a tailored service based on understanding our clients requirements, with the aim of building long-term relationships. Our core service is providing US and UK tax compliance and advice, based on our detailed knowledge of US and UK tax to individuals, businesses and owner managed businesses with international aspects. We can assist in various aspects whether it is tax returns, bringing your affairs up to date using the streamlined procedure or more complex advisory services. Please contact us for more information.

+44 207 332 2810
   info@frontier-fs.com
   www.frontier-fs.com
Mermaid House, 2 Puddle Dock, London, EC4V 3DB
Greenback Expat Tax Services
Greenback Expat Tax Services

Frustrated with US expat taxes? Don't be. We have the experience to make sure your taxes are done right, without the hassle! Greenback's dedicated team focuses 100% on your expat taxes to ensure you save the most money.

   info@greenbacktaxservices.com
   www.greenbacktaxservices.com
Guthrie House Consulting
Guthrie House Consulting

Guthrie House Consulting specialises in UK and US Tax advice for individuals in the UK, the US and around the world. Having been an expatriate in both France and the US whilst working for Big 4 firms, Gregor Smith has the experience to assist your with all your tax compliance and consulting needs. Please do not hesitate to contact Gregor to discuss your situation.

+44 (0)208 123 2162
+1 301 637 4975
   gregor@guthriehouseconsulting.com
   www.guthriehouseconsulting.com
  Twitter @GuthrieHouseTax
H&R Block Expat Tax Services
H&R Block

Our secure, remote service has a dedicated team which includes CPAs, enrolled agents, and tax attorneys, who focus on expat taxes and can handle all types of US tax returns, including FATCA and FBAR.

   1-816-504-1665
   expattax@hrblock.com
   hrblock.com/expats
   One H&R Block Way, Kansas City, MO 64105, USA
Hansen Sweeney Accountants
Hansen Sweeny

With over 25 years' experience in 'Big 4' firms, our dedicated dual-qualified London-based US/UK tax team is committed to providing a highly responsive, personal, proactive, value-added service. Contact our friendly team on a confidential, no obligation basis.

   +44 (0)20 7523 5383
   s.healy@hansensweeney.co.uk
   https://hansensweeney.co.uk/us-advisory/
   45 Beaufort Court, Admirals Way, London E14 9XL
   9 Caxton House, Broad Street, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6JN
Humphrey & Co.
Humphrey&Co

Based in Eastbourne and Brighton & Hove, we have been providing tax and business advice since 1928. Within our general practice, we also specialise in Expatriate Tax and US Taxation, providing comprehensive advice and quality service to US citizens living in the UK. For more information contact our Tax Director, Kevin Hancock

   01323 730631
   khancock@humph.co.uk
   www.humph.co.uk
   7-9 The Avenue, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3YA
Rouse Partners & Plante Moran
Rouse Partners & Plante Moran

Need tax specialists in the UK and US? We provide the best of both. Rouse Partners, multi award-winning team based in the west of London, and leading US firm, Plante Moran, offer a seamless tax service for US expatriates in the UK. Contact for a free, no obligation quotation.
   +44 (0)1494 675321
   info@rousepartners.co.uk
   www.rousepartners.co.uk/us
   55 Station Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 1QL, UK
SDC – Stacy Collier, MPA, CPA
SDC Stacy Collier


Expatriates (also known as Expats) have special tax considerations both at home and abroad. The complexity and constant change in tax laws and regulations demand a higher level of knowledge and service. It is important to work with a Certified Public Accountant knowledgeable of the unique reporting requirements facing U.S. citizens residing abroad. The penalties are too significant to risk. We have experience working with U.S. citizens abroad, navigating the complex reporting requirements, including Streamlined and OVDP filings.

   (P) +1 346.231.1195 | (F) +1 346.231.1194
   stacy@sdcglobalcpa.com
   www.sdcglobalcpa.com
   P.O. Box 1278, Columbus, Texas 78934, USA
Tax Advisory Partnership
Tax Advisory Partnership

Tax Advisory Partnership provides a broad range of UK and US tax advice and compliances services to private clients both in the UK and abroad. Our highly experienced team are ready to help you. Please contact us for further information.

   +44 207 655 6959
   info@tap-london.com
   www.taxadvisorypartnership.com
US Tax & Financial Services
US Tax and Financial Services

With 30 years’ experience, our US/UK expat tax specialists provide US and UK tax return preparation, planning, compliance, and expatriation as well as all US business tax services, wherever you are in the world.

   www.ustaxfs.com/
  Twitter @ustaxfs
Contact: Joni Trulock +44 20 7357 8220
   j.trulock@ustaxfs.com
   3 Harbour Exchange Square, London, E14 9GE
Warrener Stewart
Warrener Stewart

Based in Fulham, we are Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors with a US tax division. Our Enrolled Agents offer a cost effective, bespoke service for US citizens with UK or US tax affairs. To arrange an initial free consultation contact Damian Talbot on 020 7731 6163 or email DTalbot@warrenerstewart.com


020 7731 6163
   DTalbot@warrenerstewart.com
   www.warrenerstewart.com

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Finance Services

Aisa Professional
AISA PROFESSIONAL

A specialist Wealth Management and financial advice firm for those with UK and / or US pensions and investments. Using UK and US custodians, we are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and the Securities & Exchange Commission in the US.

   + 44 (0)1672 569111
   info@aisagroup.org
   aisagroup.org
   Unit 4, Fordbrook Business Centre, PEWSEY, Wiltshire SN9 5NU
Beacon Financial Education
Beacon Financial Education

Beacon Financial Education offers a Financial Education Platform for American expats, UK expats and other internationals, providing tools & guides, hosting local seminars as well as providing access to a global network of independent financial advisers.

Interested to know more about FATCA compliant investment strategies and products for Americans? Click here to contact BFE for a free consultation.
   info@beaconfinancialeducation.org
   www.beaconfinancialeducation.org
  Twitter @aboutBFE
  Facebook beaconfinancialeducation
  LinkedIn beacon-financial-education
Cross Border Financial Planning
Cross Border Financial Planning

We are a UK based firm that specialise in providing financial advice to British expatriates who have left assets behind in the UK and foreign nationals who live and work in the UK. The financial planning solutions we provide take into account the tax, currency and legal implications for the country you currently live in and the country you plan to reside in or formerly lived in.

   +44 1249 400099
   ecole@cbfp.co.uk
   www.cbfp.co.uk
   Pew Hill House, Pew Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 1DN

Elm Partners
Elm Partners

No advice: that's why our fee is only 0.12% a year. We offer a global, diversified, tax efficient portfolio for US citizens who are also UK taxpayers. Our Active Index Investing® approach uses only low cost ETFs with UK Reporting Status. You'll have your own account at Fidelity, managed by Elm Partners Management LLC, a US SEC-registered RIA, with a UK FCA-authorised subsidiary. $300k minimum.

   bruce@elmfunds.com
  www.elmfunds.com
LGT Vestra US
LGT vestra

A specialist subsidiary of wealth management firm LGT Vestra LLP, set up specifically to help clients with financial interests in both the US and UK. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and a Registered Investment Adviser with the Securities & Exchange Commission in the US.

Contact Paul Nixon:
+44(0)20 3207 8364
   paul.nixon@lgtvestra-us.com
   www.lgtvestra-us.com
   14 Cornhill, London EC3V 3NR
Maseco Private Wealth
Maseco
Expert wealth management advice, exceptional client service and a phenomenal client experience for Americans in the US and abroad, UK residents, as well as financial advisors, trustees and foundations.

   +44 (0)20 7043 0455
   enquiries@masecopw.com
   masecoprivatewealth.com
   Burleigh House, 357 Strand, London WC2R 0HS
Tanager Wealth Management LLP
Tanager Wealth Management LLP
Integrated financial and investment advice for US expats living in the UK provided by US expats. Global account consolidation, UK/US savings and retirement planning together with investment advice. Contact us for a no obligation meeting or telephone conversation.

   020 7871 8440
   contact@tanagerwealth.com
   www.tanagerwealth.com
  Twitter @tanagerwealth
CAF American Donor Fund
Charities Aid Foundation

CAF American Donor Fund is the smart, easy, tax-effective way for dual US and UK taxpayers to give to charity and gain tax relief in both countries. Established for over 90 years, we support our clients with philanthropy expertise and our specialist team takes care of all the administration, helping you donate to your favourite charities.

   Call: 03000 123 150 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm excluding UK bank holidays).
   cadf@cafonline.org
   www.cafonline.org/cadf
National Philanthropic Trust UK
NPT-UK

National Philanthropic Trust UK makes charitable giving simple and tax-effective for dual US and UK taxpayers. For Americans living in the UK, managing your giving through NPT-UK donor-advised funds or designated funds means that your charitable donations will be recognised for tax purposes in both the US and UK.

   +44 (0)800 133 7540
   enquiries@npt-uk.org
   www.npt-uk.org

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Visa & Migration Services

Global American Migration Advisors

Specializing in all visa categories to the United States 45 years of U.S. Immigration experience, includes 30 years with U.S. Immigration Service. You may be able to avoid Attorney Fees.

Free telephone consultation: Call 07506 849528
+44 (0)7506 849529
   rschremp@gamavisas.com
   www.gamavisas.com

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Healthcare Services

Cigna Global — Health Insurance For Expats
Cigna

Cigna Global specialise in health insurance policies for expats. Choose from three distinct levels of cover, with five optional additional benefits, including outpatient care, medical evacuation, and vision & dental care. Get a quote now!

+44(0)1475 779161. From the US: 877.539.6295
www.cignaglobal.com
   The Grosvenor Building, 72 Gordon Street, Glasgow, Scotland G1 3RS
Dr David Frey DDS
Dr David Frey DDS

Our practice applies leading-edge technology and a modern approach to Smile-Makeovers, Dental Implants, Porcelain Veneers, Full-mouth Reconstruction, and TMJ treatments to achieve the best experience and professional care for our patients.

   (0) 207 096 0794
   www.perfectwhitesmile.com/london/
   Harley Street Dental Studio, 52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY, UK
   drfrey@drfreydds.com
London Smile
London Smile

The London Smile Clinic is the centre of excellence for dentistry in Central London. Our award-winning team provides Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Specialist Orthodontics, Implant Dentistry and Dentures all at exceptionally high standards.

   020 8003 3633
   www.londonsmile.co.uk/
   40-44 Clipstone Street, London W1W 5DW

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Education Services

A-List Education
A-List Education

A-List offers specialist and highly customised US test preparation and admissions services for students and secondary schools all over the world via its offices in London, New York and Dubai. We can guide private clients through the entire process or just specific parts, including: tutoring for entrance exams (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, APs), selecting and visiting best-fit colleges, and crafting outstanding applications and college essays. A-List works with a number of leading UK schools providing US admissions support, SAT/ACT courses and teacher training.

   +44 (0)20 3004 8101
   info.uk@alisteducation.com
   www.alisteducation.co.uk
American SAT & ACT Tuition
American SAT-ACT Tuition

Personalised SAT and ACT tutoring, bespoke online courses, expert advice on the application process, essays, and interview techniques.

   +44 (0)20 7692 0766    Elizabeth@AmericanSATtuition.com
   www.americansattuition.com
  Twitter @elivonna
  Facebook AmericanSAT
Ashwicke Hall School
Ashwicke Hall School

Ashwicke Hall School is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for 11 to 18 yrs situated near Bath in the beautiful Cotswolds. We offer IGCSEs, A Levels and AP exams in preparation for university. Set in 148 acres of idyllic countryside, contact us to meet the staff and view the facilities.

   +44 (0)20 7692 0766    admissions@ashwicke.sabis.net
   www.ashwickehall.sabis.net
  Facebook ashwickehall
Crimson Education
Crimson Education

Crimson Education is a premium education company. Our hand-picked team of expert tutors and consultants provide personalised support to each student, in areas including: US and UK university admissions consulting, academic tutoring, standardised test preparation, extracurricular advising, and career mentoring.
  www.crimsoneducation.org
   +44 (0)20 3794 1948
   ukenquiries@crimsoneducation.org

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American Social Contacts in the UK

The American's directory of American Groups is the most comprehensive listing of organizations in the UK you might wish to join. It includes American clubs, American and International schools, colleges and universities, women's groups, military and ex-military assocations, alumni groups, sports clubs, churches and faith groups, private hospitals.

CLICK HERE to read the digital edition.

The directory is also in the print edition of The American. Click here to find out where you can pick up a free copy,
or call +44 (0)1747 830520 or email editor@theamerican.co.uk to arrange a regular mailed subscription.

To get your organization listed or profiled just let us know



Driving in the UK

The United States Embassy issues the following advice to Americans driving in the UK

The British Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea, SA7 0EE, telephone 0870–240–0009, has provided the Embassy with the following information concerning the use of American driving licenses in Great Britain:

1. A United States citizen who normally resides in the United States and is visiting or temporarily residing in the United Kingdom may drive by virtue of his/her valid American license for a period of one year from the date of his/her last entry visa. After this period has expired, he/she must be in possession of a British license.

2. A United States citizen residing in the United Kingdom may drive by virtue of his/her valid American license for a period of one year. After this period has expired, he/she must be in possession of a British license.

3. A United States citizen who does not possess a British license after the one year "grace period" has expired must obtain a British Provisional license, display "L" learner plates and drive with a qualified British driving license holder at all times until such time as he/she passes the British driving test.

4. Since there is a delay of several months between applying for a British test and taking the test, all United States citizens who intend staying in the United Kingdom for more than one year are urged to make an application for a British test as soon as possible after their arrival here. Information and forms (D–1) may be obtained from any Post Office, Traffic Area Office, Vehicle Registration Office or DVLA.

5. An International Driving Permit can be used as a substitute for an American driving license for up to one year only. According to the Traffic Legislation Department of the Police, this provision is made under the International Circulation Order — which means that in order for the license to have been issued, a full and current driving license had to have been produced to acquire it.

6. A lost or expired American license can be replaced only by the state that issued it. Contact your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles for details. The best source of up-to-date information can be found on the Internet website, www.firstgov.gov; for your search, enter your state and the phrase "drivers license." Many states will allow you to apply for a renewal on line.

Public Holidays in the UK

and British Summer Time

The countries that make up the United Kingdom sometimes have different public holidays – known here as bank holidays – so these dates are marked up for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Asterisks * denote a Substitute Day – if a bank holiday falls on a weekend, a substitute weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday unless that is also a bank holiday.


St Patrick's Day (Northern Ireland)
March 19, 2018*
Good Friday (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
March 30, 2018
Easter Monday (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
April 2, 2018
Early May Bank Holiday (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
May 7, 2018
Spring Bank Holiday (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
May 28, 2018
Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen's Day) (Northern Ireland)
July 12, 2018
Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)
August 6, 2018
Summer Bank Holiday (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
August 27, 2018
St Andrew's Day (Scotland)
November 30, 2018
Christmas Day (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
December 25, 2018
Boxing Day (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
December 26, 2018

British Summer Time

British Summer Time (BST) starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October, at 1.00 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT):
In spring the clocks go forward, losing an hour: at 1.00 am GMT the UK moves to 2.00 am BST.
In autumn the clocks go back, giving an extra hour: at 2.00 am BST the UK moves to 1.00 am GMT
Clocks go forward on March 25, 2018
Clocks go back on October 28, 2018

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