Recent events, such as the publication of the Panama Papers, have placed tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance by companies and individuals firmly in the spotlight. HM Revenue & Customs is increasing its dawn raids on premises of business and individuals under investigation for tax evasion.
In addition, the UK Parliament is reviewing the draft corporate offence of failure to prevent tax evasion which follows the lead of the Bribery Act 2010. If introduced, companies can be held criminally liable and this will inevitably have the effect of requiring those businesses operating in the UK to introduce reasonable procedures to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion by their employees, contractors or other agents.
Our experience includes:
- advising an individual in respect of a prosecution by HM Revenue & Customs for conspiracy to cheat the revenue
- settling with HM Revenue & Customs on behalf of a company under investigation for conspiracy to cheat the revenue
- advising a financial institution on an internal investigation into aggressive tax avoidance and the implementation of appropriate systems and controls