HMRC Business Brief on Settlement of Statutory Double Tax Relief Claims Affected by the FII and CFC Dividend GLOs

29 January 2020
Author: JHA

Many of our clients have made various historical claims for repayment of tax on dividend income.  On Friday 24 January 2020 HMRC sent JHA a “business brief” outlining their approach to resolving these claims.  In summary, HMRC say they will now accept as valid claims, in-time exemption filings with open enquiries, taxable filings with DTR claimed at the ULT rate and DTR claims outside the return within the s806(1) ICTA time limits.  The above also follows for pay and file years where there is an assessment and an appeal.

Other claims are less certain.  The brief suggests returns amended on an exemption basis will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and is entirely silent on error or mistake claims. HMRC have indicated they will contest any claim failed outside the strict statutory time limits.  Nevertheless, the brief is an encouraging development.

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Increased Investment in Personal Tax Compliance in the UK (Published in Thought Leaders 4 Private Client)

Advances in technology and increased international fiscal co-operation have made global personal tax compliance initiatives pop up in abundance in recent years. To compound the issue, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the corresponding economic fallout prompted domestic governments to increase transparency in relation to investments held by wealthy foreign individuals (with a focus on oligarchs).

In the UK, in the context of the cost-of-living crisis, public opinion certainly seems to be in favour of increased accountability for high-net-worth individuals (eg, on 9 October 2022, 63% of Britons surveyed thought that “the rich are not paying enough and their taxes should be increased”).1

HMRC is one of the most sophisticated tax collection authorities in the world and the department is making significant investments in technology in the field of compliance work; they are well placed to take advantage of new international efforts to increase tax compliance, particularly considering the already extensive network of 130 bilateral tax treaties in the UK (the largest in the world).2 The UK was also a founding member of the OECD’s Joint International Taskforce on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration (JITSIC) forum.

This article discusses the main developments in support of the increased focus on international transparency and personal tax compliance in the UK. There are other international fiscal initiatives, particularly in the field of corporate taxation, but such initiatives are beyond the scope of this article.

It should be noted that a somewhat piecemeal approach, with constant tinkering makes compliance difficult for the taxpayer and is often criticised for lacking the certainty that a stable tax system needs to thrive.

This article was first published with ThoughtLeaders4 Private Client Magazine

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