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 forContinue reading “HMRC issue 177,000 “nudge letters” in order to tax offshore income or gains”
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! IsContinue reading “What will HMRC be sending you for Christmas this year?”
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. SurelyContinue reading “HMRC use information received under the Common Reporting Standard to identify those ignoring the Loan Charge”
HMRC are pretty good at grabbing people’s attention by using such headings in their letters to taxpayers. Such letters are often effective because their “intelligence sources” are pretty accurate. I have seen letters in the past where HMRC have even quoted bank account numbers from the outset just to demonstrate how much detail they hadContinue reading “About your offshore income and gains … … …”
They say that a little knowledge can be dangerous. Likewise, being self taught off the internet can cause unexpected tax problems. A lot of taxpayers around the work want to be able to say “it’s tax free”.
So we have now had another chapter of the saga of secret bank accounts with the Pandora Papers. Just like their forerunners, it makes interesting reading – but so what. The “offshore world” exists because of demand – the demand for discretion and privacy. It’s no secret, it’s just none of your business! But yetContinue reading “It’s no secret – it’s just none of your business!”