HMRC steps up tax evader monitoring

February 28th, 2011  |  Published in Uncategorized

Promises “invasive” scrutiny of tax cheats

Those who have deliberately defaulted on their tax payments face up to five years’ detailed personal scrutiny, to ensure that they are complying with their tax obligations and have demonstrated a permanent change in their behaviour, HMRC has announced. Letters have been sent to 900 know tax cheats, as part of the new Managing Deliberate Defaulters (MDD) programme.

The level and term of monitoring will depend on the seriousness of the offence, but it is not envisaged that anyone will be released from the programme within two years. HMRC will continue to check that returns are filed on time and that any tax due is paid. There will also be regular reviews of deliberate defaulters’ tax affairs to check that any errors or failings have been put right.

The taxman warned evaders who fail to keep their tax affairs in order would face increasingly intrusive interventions and, if deliberate evasion continues, even criminal proceedings.

HMRC’s Steve Hickman, said: “Tax cheat check-ups will involve continued and close scrutiny – it is a real deterrent. If you are thinking about breaking the rules just remember, you could end up with HMRC on your back for five years.

If you get yourself put on this scheme, due to past misdemeanors, it is more important than ever to get professional help – if you are being monitored closely you need reassurance that you are not setting yourself up for more grief in the future. Ring me now, and arrange a meeting – it could help you sleep at night!

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