Many expats who retain their UK properties to keep a foothold in the British
property market or to supplement their pensions after they have retired abroad,
could face penalties for the non-payment of tax.
HM Revenue &
Customs (HMRC) has sent out informal ‘intervention’ letters as a pilot
exercise in advance of a programme of interventions later this year, The
Daily Telegraph reports.
John Cassidy, PKF Accountants
& Business Advisers tax investigations partner, said he had already seen
HMRC use its powers to require banks to provide information regarding specific
or unnamed/unknown taxpayers holding offshore bank accounts.
‘Now the Revenue is becoming more active in using government data from stamp
duty land tax returns and other sources to pinpoint individuals who may be
letting properties but do not declare rental income on their self-assessment tax
returns,’ he said.
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