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HMRC Targets the Affluent

This month HMRC announced that it is to bolster its “Affluent Compliance Team” by a further 100 staff. The team currently has 200 staff based in 17 teams in six locations across the UK and their inspectors are targeting wealthy people who:

  • habitually use avoidance schemes
  • have a low effective Rate of Tax across their total income
  • have bank accounts in Switzerland who appear to be understating their tax liability
  • fail to file their Self Assessment return on time
  • avoid or evade Stamp Duty on property purchases
  • have UK and offshore property portfolios

HMRC consider these characteristics to be indicative of potential areas of tax irregularities and anyone who needs advice can contact Tax Networks Ltd.