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Tax Avoidance

Question for Treasury

UIN 101995, tabled on 12 October 2020

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC has received reports of people receiving incorrect advice from advisers on settlement of the loan charge; and if he will reopen the settlement process for the people affected.

Answered on

16 October 2020

HMRC do not hold data on reports from individual taxpayers who may feel they have received incorrect advice from advisers about their settlements. A core principle of the tax system is that an individual is responsible for their own tax affairs. The actions of a third party adviser are not normally considered to be an exceptional circumstance beyond the control of the taxpayer.

HMRC are continuing settlement discussions with a relatively small number of taxpayers who were prevented from meeting the 30 September deadline by exceptional circumstances beyond their control, such as recent hospitalisation.

The criteria HMRC consider for continuing settlement discussions beyond the 30 September deadline are:

  • The taxpayer had actively engaged in the settlement process until the occurrence of a factor;
  • The factor is entirely outside the control of the taxpayer,
  • The factor prevented the taxpayer from settling by 30 September; and
  • Absent the factor, the taxpayer would have been able to settle by 30 September, and
  • The taxpayer is able, and agrees, to settle within a defined period of no more than 3 months after the 30 September.

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