Record haul by HMRC in tax avoidance crackdown

Record anti-avoidance tax haul by HMRCBack in January we reported that HMRC had raised an extra £20.7 billion in additional revenue for the financial year 2012-13 as a result of it’s drive on tax compliance and a massive crackdown on tax avoidance by organisations and individuals alike. Now we can confirm that the financial year 2013-14 figures are in and HMRC has increased their haul to £23.9 billion in additional tax for the year – an all time record and one which represents 5% of the total tax yield for the year. This is an increase of £3.9 billion on the year before and it’s up a whopping £9 billion compared to 3 years ago. George Osborne will be doubly pleased because this year’s figure also beats the target he set in his Autumn Statement by £1 billion clear.

Of the £23.9 billion raised in these latest figures, £8 billion is derived from large businesses, £1 billion from criminals and a further £2.7 billion is the result of successfully tackling tax avoidance schemes in the courts. That leaves £12.2 billion which we Read more

Revenue Determinations

Under Self Assessment, taxpayers are required to file their tax return by a certain filing date. If they fail to do so they face the risk of having the HMRC determine their tax liability by raising a so called Revenue Determination.
The Revenue Determination is meant to encourage the taxpayer to send in his/her return to the HMRC by estimating the taxpayer’s tax liability.
Once a Revenue Determination charge has been added to the taxpayer’s Self-Assessment record a notice known as ‘Determination of tax due’ will be issued to the taxpayer and his/her agent.

A Revenue Determination will automatically involve any payments on account for the following tax year. Also, where Revenue Determination and any overdue payment on account remains unpaid, interest and surcharge will be added to the taxpayer’s record.

There is no right of appeal against a Revenue Determination but the submission of the completed tax return will take the place of the Determination and the determined amount of tax will be automatically amended to the return amount. Any related interest, surcharge and payments on account will also be automatically amended.

A Revenue Determination must always be raised for an amount equal to or greater than the previous or last year’s liability, and include where necessary an appropriate percentage addition to the previous year figure.
Very important to know is that Determinations can only be raised within 5 years from the filing date.
Taxpayers can displace the determination with their own self assessment at any time up to the fifth anniversary of the filing date for the year of assessment in question (or one year after the determination was issued, if later). After five years things become a little bit more difficult as a certain concept may need to be applied, that of equitable liability.
In order to avoid having to deal with a Revenue Determinations, self-assessment taxpayers need to make sure that they are familiar with the filing deadlines and seek help from tax companies like Taxfile when sending their tax return , especially now with a new 31st October paper return deadline in place.