The CDF ican only be used if your client is prepared to admit to having committed tax fraud. Find out more about the CDF here.
Find out how a voluntary disclosure to HMRC can help you when dealing with unresolved tax issues and potentially reduce penalties.
HMRC are investigating UK taxpayers “connected” to Euro Pacific Bank on the basis that they are suspected of evading UK taxes and associated money laundering offences.
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.
HMRC holds a wealth of information on all taxpayers. Not surprisingly though, from time to time HMRC can come across information on a taxpayer that they did not expect. You may think that you have disclosed everything but now HMRC is challenging you and want to investigate your tax affairs.
Unfortunately, this nightmare scenario is not uncommon. No matter how much due diligence is undertaken, a fraud can be very sophisticated and may only surface after certain people have left. Often the fraud includes the Managing Director and other key employees, all of whom have now left.
Two taxpayers in business together almost came a cropper with HMRC. HMRC raised a valid enquiry into their personal tax affairs issuing Code of Practice 9 (Cases of suspected serious fraud). All perfectly normal – in my world anyway! My clients had ignored my warning – don’t underestimate the ingenuity of HMRC
No, I haven’t gone mad. A client has spent a lot of time and energy recounting what he had done over the years. But it didn’t add up – literally. It didn’t explain why HMRC was accusing him of tax evasion. Nor did it explain why HMRC had issued him with Code of Practice 9 and invited him to join the Contractual Disclosure Facility (CDF)
As part of the UK government’s support to the economy in 2020 in response to the pandemic, exceptionally HMRC have been making payments to taxpayers rather than collecting tax payments from taxpayers. Clearly, this cannot continue indefinitely.