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Tax Information

According to a report by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) published less than a year ago (November 2013), Luxembourg, Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands and the Seychelles do not meet the international standards on tax transparency.

Well, two weeks ago (28 August 2014), the government of the Seychelles agreed to automatic sharing of tax information!

That is a total of 46 countries and jurisdictions to make a commitment to implement the new OECD global standard, which will see the first exchange of tax information in 2017.

By admin
01 Sep 2014
Tax Investigation

What will HMRC receive?

HMRC will receive “tax information” about UK taxpayers with accounts in participating jurisdictions. The information is that relating to a “financial account”.

The model provides for the following to be provided:

  • Name

  • Address

  • Taxpayer identification number

  • Date and place of birth

  • Account number

  • Reporting institution

  • Account balance or value

  • Cash value or surrender value

  • Gross amount of interest, dividends or income

  • Gross proceeds from disposal

It’s enough to make Specialist Investigation’s task easy, especially when that information is likely to feed directly into Connect – HMRC’s award winning software that collates information, identifies connections and tax irregularities at speed.

The model to be adopted intends to limit the opportunities for taxpayers to circumvent the model by shifting assets to institutions or investing in products not covered by the model. It covers different types of investment income including interest, dividends and similar types of income and also addresses situations where people seek to hide capital that itself represents income or assets on which tax has been evaded.

The reporting not only on individuals but will require institutions to look through shell companies, trusts or similar arrangements. The reporting regime covers not only banks but also financial institutions, brokers, collective investment vehicles and insurance companies. 

It may be prudent for those with offshore interest to consider appointing a specialist to review their affairs to ensure they are compliant or to make a disclosure.

The advantages of making a disclosure include:

  1. Avoid criminal prosecution

  2. Peace of mind

  3. You get to present your case

  4. You can agree the scope of disclosure

  5. A disclosure should result in reduced interest and penalties

  6. Avoid civil investigation of fraud

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