Taxpayers show little interest in amnesty offer

Ernst &
has claimed that just a ‘few hundred’ people have so far taken
advantage of HM Revenue & Custom’s
offshore savings amnesty.

Tens of thousands of people have until 22 June to either tell HMRC they owe
tax or face substantial fines and possible criminal prosecution.

The Revenue said it had received a ‘steady’ response to
its amnesty.

But Chris Oates, partner in tax risk management, at Ernst & Young told
BBC News that the numbers of people responding was much less than anticipated.

‘The contacts I have across the major accountancy firms indicate that just a
few hundred people have actually notified the Revenue that there is tax to pay,’
Oates added.

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