HMRC seeks to tackle high-risk promoters of tax avoidance schemes

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published its latest consultation document, ‘Raising the stakes on tax avoidance’, which it claims marks a ‘significant new development’ in its approach to tax avoidance. The consultation focuses on new measures to obtain information about schemes, particularly those marketed and sold by high-risk promoters.

Ultimately, the consultation aims to deter a small number of advisers from high-risk behaviour and to discourage people from using their schemes.

High-risk promoters would be subject to hefty penalties for not providing information requested by HMRC. Users would have to disclose in their returns that they have used avoidance schemes from high-risk promoters. The scope of information HMRC wants to gather under the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) regime would also be significantly expanded…

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