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HMRC introduce new procedures for civil fraud

As part of the government's commitment to tackle fraud, HMRC's new Contractual Disclosure Facility (CDF) will be launched on 31 January 2012.

HMRC will contact a taxpayer, in writing, to inform them that they are suspected of serious tax fraud and offer them the opportunity to enter into a contract to disclose that fraud within 60 days. In return, HMRC will agree not to criminally investigate, removing the risk of prosecution by HMRC.

Taxpayers who are not under investigation but who want to admit to tax fraud, may fill out a form to voluntarily request that HMRC consider their suitability for a CDF contractual arrangement.

Launching the CDF, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, said:

'This new facility is a valuable tool which will help HMRC in its fight against fraud. HMRC will set out clearly what is expected of taxpayers, and what will happen to fraudsters who choose not to disclose their crimes.'

Internet link: HMRC news release



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