De-envelope? Depressed housing market may present golden opportunity to review offshore structures holding residential property.

It has been widely reported that the UK housing market will be significantly hit by the impact of Coronavirus. Property agents, Knight Frank, predict that this will lead to a 38% decrease in the number of houses sold in the UK during 2020. Experts can only speculate on the short to medium term impact this…

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Super Rich Stranded by Lockdown – today in Bloomberg

Super Rich Stranded by Lockdown Today in Bloomberg , Mark Davies describes the recent havoc wreaked on his clients’ tax plans:- “The pandemic means we’ve now got people stuck in the U.K. who didn’t intend to be here, and people who did want to be here that couldn’t,” he said. “It’s gone both ways.” With…

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Will HMRC recognise these exceptional days ?

We are living through exceptional days. Understandably, the spread of COVID-19 and the measures that have been implemented to delay its transmission mean that tax may not be at the forefront of people’s thinking. However, there may be significant tax consequences for those individuals forced to remain in the UK due to measures outside of…

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Mark Davies in the Telegraph on Offshore Income and Gains letters

In Monday’s Telegraph Laura Miller explores the repercussions of returning a signed offshore income and gains letter to HMRC. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/return/dont-sign-dotted-line-warning-hmrc-letters-could-trigger-tax/ In this article Mark Davies explains that signing the disclosure might prevent a taxpayer from being able to claim an unprompted disclosure of a mistake, which would lead to higher penalties. He also warns that…

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HMRC Certificate of Tax Position? What should you do?

HMRC have started to contact UK taxpayers about their offshore income and gains, showing that the UK’s participation in the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) is in full force.  What is the Common Reporting Standard? Over 100 countries have signed up to CRS and information regarding the level of income and gains earned by worldwide taxpayers…

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A plea for a Who’s Who? of Highly Compliant Lawyers

In the aftermath of the Panama/Paradise Papers, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have issued eight principles for the legal profession to follow. Few people would disagree with Principle 1 that ‘you should not unwittingly help a client hide illegal conduct’, or Principle 3…

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