The New Disclosure Opportunity (akaTax Amnesty 2009) is HMRC’s initiative to get people to fully disclose tax irregularities related to offshore bank accounts and assets. We thought you’d appreciate a simple guide to the key stages.
1. The New Disclosure Opportunity is an initiative from HMRC to enable UK taxpayers to clean up their historic tax irregularities by: first registering for the scheme and then going on to make a full disclosure; in return for a reduced penalty of only 10%. It’s only available to people with offshore bank accounts or assets “related” to the tax underpaid. But a parallel informal scheme operates for “onshore” disclosures. There is also a similar scheme called the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (see our other pages for details).
2. “Notification of Intention to Disclose” has to be made by 4 January 2010; to receive a “Disclosure Reference Number”.
3. You then have to make a Full Disclosure and payment in full within the disclosure windows: 1/9/09- 31/1/2010 for hard copies; 1/10/09- 12/3/2010 online.
4. The NDO covers all taxes: e.g. Income and Corporation Tax, VAT, CGT, IHT.
5. Agents can make the Disclosure for you but you have to confirm its accuracy.
6. The Disclosure has to cover all relevant years, up to a maximum of 20 years.
8. No penalties are charged where the tax liability is less than £1,000.
9. Full payment of all tax, interest and penalties must be made with the Disclosure.
The NDO process is straightforward in simple cases. But there are many pitfalls for the unwary or those with more complex tax affairs. Badly managed Disclosures can have the reverse effect; leading to higher penalties a Civil Investigation of Fraud enquiry or even prosecution.
Lynam Tax Enquiry Experts had substantial experience of the first Tax Amnesty (Offshore Disclosure Facility) and are helping many clients and their agents with both the current tax amnesties: the New Disclosure Opportunity and the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facilty.
For a free, private, no obligation consultation, don’t delay, call Paul Lynam today: on 0845 643 9997