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No safe havens 2019: HMRC’s renewed focus on offshore non-compliance

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Following this year’s Spring Statement, the government published two policy papers confirming that tackling tax non-compliance remains extremely high on its agenda. These papers demonstrate a shift away from concentrating solely on sophisticated forms of tax evasion and avoidance. The strategy outlined in No safe havens 2019 covers the full spectrum of taxpayer behaviour including innocent mistakes. The questions remain whether HMRC is sufficiently resourced to effectively implement its policies; and, as HMRC’s powers grow, whether there are sufficient safeguards in place to protect taxpayers.
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