Naming and Shaming of Tax Offenders: September 2019

HMRC have published the September 2019 quarter Deliberate Tax Defaulters list. The “tax offenders register” of people who deliberately underdeclared their tax and did not make full disclosures when investigated.

Every 3 months the taxman publishes its “Deliberate Tax Defaulters” list – details of people who were investigated and charged penalties: either for deliberately failing to notify a tax liability or for deliberate errors in their tax returns. HMRC only do it where the understated tax was more than £25,000 and the taxpayer either did not make a voluntary disclosure prior to a Tax Investigation, or did not fully confess and co-operate once an investigation started. Those details are often picked up by local newspapers – and the news tends to spread in the taxpayer’s locality and industry.

The latest “naughty list” was published online on 19 September 2019. It includes 123 people, including the usual large number of takeaway and restaurants, builders, and landlords. More unusual people listed included: radiologist; child minder; pharmaceutical wholesaler; orthopaedic surgeon; jeweller; steel fixer; tutor; parcel delivery. Eastern European names (e.g. a Polish grocery and off-licence), are starting to appear in noticeable numbers.

What does this mean for me?
Anyone under a tax investigation, or with any tax problems to disclose, risks being named and shamed. Publication of details can be embarrassing: but it can also create problems running your business (e.g. banks and suppliers may refuse to deal with you). However, for taxpayers represented by good quality professionals it should be exceptional to end up on the list. Experienced Tax Investigations Specialists can advise their clients in a way that should prevent HMRC from naming and shaming. Proper representation will also typically bring the Tax Enquiry to a quicker end, and with much lower penalties.

How can Lynam Tax Investigation Specialists Help Me?
If you are undergoing a tax enquiry, or have any tax irregularities to disclose, then you should consult a specialist. Lynam Tax Enquiry Experts have a huge amount of experience in dealing with voluntary disclosures and tax investigations. We will be able to assist you in obtaining the optimum outcome, including avoiding being named and shamed.

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