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P11D warning letters ‘sent in error’

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HMRC has advised that a ‘very small number of employers’ have been incorrectly sent an interim penalty warning letter when they have, in fact, submitted forms P11D(b) for the 2013/14 tax year.

HMRC said: ‘Most of the letters that have been issued inappropriately relate to employers who have changed their trading name recently. If you or your client has received a warning letter and you have successfully filed your P11D(b), you do not need to take any further action. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and are taking urgent steps to rectify the situation. All of the records impacted by this issue will be updated and a penalty will not be charged.’

New HMRC property taskforce for SW England and Wales

HMRC has launched a new taskforce tackling the property tax avoidance in south west England and south Wales. The taskforce will target those who have sold one or more properties and haven’t paid CGT or disclosed rental income.

HMRC expects the taskforce to recover £5m, and plans to carry out its work using intelligence from the Valuation Office Agency to track down those with outstanding tax liabilities.

HMRC has delivered more than £190m as a result of taskforces launched since 2011/12. More than £12m has been recovered as a result of property rentals taskforces operating in London, south east England and Yorkshire, with over 80 cases currently under criminal investigation. HMRC expects its taskforces to bring in over £100m during 2014/15. 

Seventy taskforces have been launched since 2011, and a further 30 are planned for 2014/15. The taskforces bring together various HMRC compliance and enforcement teams for intensive bursts of activity targeted at specific sectors and locations where there is evidence of high risk of tax evasion and fraud.

The taskforces have been made possible by the government’s £917m spending review investment to tackle evasion, avoidance and fraud from 2011/12, which aims to raise an additional £7bn each year by 2014/15.