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RSM warns only six weeks left to come clean under the taxman’s ‘most attractive’ disclosure

NewLogo (1)RSM is warning individuals that have tax irregularities that time is running out to come clean to the taxman as the popular Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF) finally closes on 31 December 2015.

The LDF was introduced by HMRC in September 2009 to encourage individuals to declare any unpaid taxes connected with overseas bank accounts or structures. Under the agreement, those coming forward to make a disclosure would not only be immune from prosecution, but also secure considerably more favourable terms for settling their tax bill than under normal circumstances.

The LDF has been enormously attractive to date, and since its introduction six years ago, more than 5,900 disclosures have been made, raising over £1.15 billion.

However, in his Budget last March, the Chancellor announced that the final date for those wanting to register under the LDF would be 31 December 2015.

HMRC has since announced that it will run one final disclosure between 2016 and 2017 and although the terms of this are not yet known, they are believed to be significantly less beneficial than the LDF.

Stuart McKinnon, a tax partner at RSM in the North East, said, ‘The LDF has been a hugely popular initiative which has allowed HMRC to collect large sums of money without having to divert important resources away from carrying out tax investigations.

‘There’s only a short time left for individuals to use the LDF to come clean about any irregularities in their tax affairs, as after December 31st they are likely to face higher settlements and potentially no immunity from criminal investigation or prosecution. HMRC is sending a very clear message that deliberately avoiding paying the correct amount of tax will not be tolerated, and tax evaders will soon find that there are fewer places to hide.’

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