HMRC have issued their figures on the amount of nudge letters they are sending to taxpayers and the criminal cases underway.
Many taxpayers have misunderstood in the past that when they paid APNs, they were not reaching a Settlement with HMRC. Could you be facing a huge bill?
You have worked all your life to build up a successful business and now its time to cash it all in and sell up. You have found a buyer and they are willing to pay the full asking price, no quibbles. So why should you beware of the taxman?
HMRC are issuing Loan Charge discovery letters to a number of taxpayers still directly affected by the Loan Charge and who received remuneration by way of loans. If you or your clients receive one of these letters, read on to find out more and how you should deal with them.
Saving tax for clients has always been a major objective for many accountants and other trusted advisors. And, for many years, accountants and other advisors introduced their clients to a tax scheme promoter who sold various structures both offshore and onshore.
According to City AM, HMRC continue to pursue non compliant UK taxpayers by issuing nudge letters. As previously covered, HMRC’s use of nudge letters is a cost efficient way of recouping tax for the Exchequer without the need to launch a tax investigation into a taxpayer’s past tax compliance. But beware, there are risks for both taxpayer and adviser alike.
Exiting Remuneration Trusts raise a number of issues that need to be addressed. Finding a tax solution (particularly one that is acceptable!) may have become easier for some with HMRC’s new Settlement Terms recently announced.
There is no doubt that tax avoidance evolved over the years. I first came across tax schemes in the 1990’s when there were more “simple” schemes such as investments in platinum sponge and alike. Then they progressed to Employee Benefit Trusts and Remuneration Trusts through which owners of businesses were given interest free loans
For many taxpayers, a brown envelope from HMRC will not be well received at any time of the year. Odds on it will contain bad news. It may be the start of an investigation. It may be a “nudge letter” or a “Check on tax position”. It almost certainly won’t be a Christmas card!
HMRC use information received under the Common Reporting Standard to identify those ignoring the Loan Charge
HMRC are writing to taxpayers that have outstanding loans from their EBTs, EFRBs and other offshore structures. HMRC use information received under the Common Reporting Standard to identify those ignoring the Loan Charge. The origins of some of these arrangements go back to the 1990’s and have been “forgotten” – that is until now.