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Newsletter 437: The taxman gets tougher | IR35 updated guidance
by Newsletter Editor at 10:15 30/07/14 ( Shout99 Newsletter)
While the rest of the country is winding down for the summer holidays, it seems that HM Revenue and Customs is stepping up its activities by dusting down some of its existing powers and preparing to introduce some new - and controversial - ones.
Among those high on the list for cries of 'foul' is the new debt recovery powers, which will allow the tax man direct access to bank accounts of small firms to take what it is believe is owed,

Call to scrap plans for HMRC debt recovery powers

Meanwhile, HMRC is making greater use of one of the existing weapons in its arsenal - that of winding-up businesses in a bid to uncover unpaid taxes.

HMRC increases use of winding up petitions to recoup tax debt

The tax avoidance schemes are coming under greater scrutiny, including those used by some contractors. HMRC has given a 'carrot and stick' settlement chance to those using contractor loan schemes - come forward voluntarily, or it will be worse if we come after you.

HMRC gives settlement chance to contractor loan schemes

HMRCs has also published a list of tax avoidance schemes that it will target for the controversial 'accelerated payments' programme, whereby they demand upfront payment of any disputed tax associated with these schemes.

Controversial 'accelerated payments' hit list published

New HMRC tax avoidance powers could lead to insolvencies

...and the promoters of tax planning schemes also face a new set of rules, with potential penalties of up to 1 million

1 million fines for promoters of tax planning schemes

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