30 May 2018: HMRC is aware of a number of arrangements being promoted which claim to enable users to escape the 2019 loan charge. HMRC’s view is that these arrangements do not work and users are advised not to sign up to them.
While promoters claim that these arrangements work, users should be clear that HMRC does not agree. Any arrangements to avoid the loan charge, which seek to deceive HMRC as to what is really happening, may be fraudulent.
HMRC have said they will investigate all of these arrangements and anyone who takes part in an offensive arrangement is likely to face penalty sums, chargeable along with any tax and interest that will be due.
Tax avoidance doesn’t pay. Most arrangements simply don’t work and people can end up paying more than they were trying to avoid. Users may have a long-term requirement to deal with the cost, commercial and tax fallout from these transactions with no support from the promoter of the original arrangement.
BRI’s team of experts are happy to discuss the impacts this may have on you or your clients.