Ensure you are ready for the new corporate offence of failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion
From 30 September 2017, if someone in your organisation facilitates tax evasion and you don’t have reasonable prevention procedures, you could be faced with unlimited fines, not to mention reputational damage.
The Criminal Finances Act 2017 introduces a new corporate failure-to-prevent offence relating to the facilitation of tax evasion. This is supported by HMRC guidance, centering around six core principles that should inform your prevention procedures. It’s all very reminiscent of the Bribery Act regime but with subtle differences just to keep you on your toes, eg ‘adequate’ prevention procedures becomes ‘such prevention procedures as was reasonable in all the circumstances to expect’.
It’s not just your employees you need to worry about. You’ll also be liable for tax evasion facilitation committed on your behalf by an agent or intermediary, so you’ll have to factor this into existing due diligence arrangements. You’ll probably also want suitable contract clauses with your suppliers.
Don’t assume this new offence is only relevant to tax advisers and financial institutions. You may think your organisation doesn’t need prevention procedures, but HMRC guidance makes it clear that you’re expected to conduct a formal risk assessment before reaching this conclusion and be able to justify your reasoning.
LexisNexis has created a checklist which:
- Pulls together requirements in the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (CFA 2017) and associated guidance relating to tax evasion facilitation prevention procedures. It also contains best practice recommended actions
- Signposts relevant Precedents you can use or adapt to comply with these requirements and recommendations
- You can mark whether you have completed the requirement and also insert comments or note action points
Key benefits of using the checklist:
- Free up valuable time - our checklist pulls together everything in one place adopting the six key principles set out in HMRC guidance. It also provides a structured approach so the risk assessment can be completed more efficiently
- Helps provide an audit trail - documents the risk assessment to provide an audit trail and support any policy decisions regarding the implementation of a new regime
- Provides peace of mind and confidence your business is compliant - the checklist ensures you have considered all aspects and follow best practice recommendations
- Helps you add value to your business - from managing the risk assessment and next step recommendations in-house, saving on external counsel fees, to proactively managing risk and placing your business in a position to turn a crisis into a business opportunity through proper preparation
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