You may recall ‘The Pandora Papers’ back in 2021 and may have assumed that issues around these have been resolved or ‘gone away’. Wrong! Find out more about what this means for your clients.
How a taxpayer answers HMRC questions, can have a huge impact on the outcome of an investigation. HMRC will ask a number of probing questions at a meeting. It’s imperative to know when NOT to answer a question and HOW to answer a question.
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.
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
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.
According to HMRC, the fine line between tax avoidance and tax evasion has been crossed and deliberately so. HMRC’s unit known as Offshore Corporate and Wealthy (OCW) was established in the wake of the ‘Panama Papers’ scandal in 2016 to investigate serious non-compliance by businesses and the wealthiest taxpayers