covid, work, residency, tax UK-Belgium
I am Belgian citizen. I live in the UK since September 2019, where I do my postdoctoral research studies (which is my temporary 2-years job). I also do other jobs in other countries and all is payed via UK. All my documents in the UK are in order and I rent an apartment in the UK. I had to give up my Belgian address in December 2019.
However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak and an advice of the Belgian government to Belgian citizens living abroad I return to Belgium in the mid March. I have reported my presence in Belgium in late May and registered at the same address in BXL where I lived before moving to the UK, that is with my partner. Having an address in Belgium helped me get my health insurance back in Belgium, a very important issue during this pandemic as my international insurance was suspended due to covid. But, I did not cancel my residency address in the UK, because this is simply not possible due to my job contract. In the meantime, I continued to work in the UK from home in Belgium, which is kind of a normal situation now.
So, I afraid that I will be penalised both in the UK and in Belgium. I am not sure how to regulate my situation in the UK - I am outside of the country of my residency since mid March, and how the one in Belgium - I work from Belgium, meaning that I would have to pay taxes both in Belgium and in the UK. Also, I afraid that I can be penalised for having two addresses (It is not possible to keep the address in Belgium as the principal address when moving to another country, as I did). As for the health insurance card I am registered now in Belgium with my UK European Health Insurance Card as a Belgian citizen who return to the country of origin.
So, how long can I officially stay outside of the UK (I got a settlement status)? What should I do with my residency in the UK and what with the one in Belgium? What should I do with regard to tax issues because I afraid I will have to pay tax both in the UK and in Belgium? I am not even sure which authorities to contact.
Hope anyone could have an advice about this complex issue.