In September 2019, the Government commissioned Sir Amyas Morse to lead the Independent Loan Charge Review. The Loan Charge is designed to tackle disguised remuneration avoidance schemes. These are tax avoidance arrangements that seek to avoid Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions by paying scheme users their income in the form of loans, usually via an offshore trust, with no expectation that the loans would ever be repaid.
On 20 December 2019, the Government published the independent review and the Government’s response, accepting all but one of the review’s recommendations (HCWS14). On 20 January 2020, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published draft legislation giving effect to the changes to the Loan Charge following the review (HCWS45).
Today HMRC have published the following:
- Additional draft legislation covering the Government’s commitment to refund certain payments made by individuals and employers for unprotected years which will no longer be subject to the Loan Charge where tax was paid voluntarily, together with details of the repayment scheme. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementation-of-changes-to-the-loan-charge
- A Tax Information and Impact Note and Explanatory Note to support this legislation. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementation-of-changes-to-the-loan-charge
- Guidance for employers who are either subject to the Loan Charge themselves or have employees who are. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disguised-remuneration-independent-loan-charge-review/guidance; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/report-and-account-for-your-disguised-remuneration-loan-charge
All measures will be legislated for in the forthcoming Finance Bill.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords