Consultation outcome

Extension of offshore time limits

This consultation has concluded

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Extension of Offshore Time Limits - summary of responses

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Detail of outcome

We received 21 formal responses.

Draft legislation for inclusion in Finance Bill 2018 has been published, based on those responses and wider discussions with stakeholders

Subject to final approval and the Parliamentary process, the draft legislation will be part of Finance Bill 2018 and the Extension of Offshore Time Limits will come into force following Royal Assent to the Finance Act 2019.

You can read the draft legislation, and supporting explanatory note and tax information and impact note.

Original consultation

Summary

HMRC is inviting views on how we should legislate to extend the time limits to assess tax in cases involving offshore income, gains or chargeable transfers.

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Consultation description

We are asking for views on the design principles for legislation to implement a new minimum tax assessment time limit of 12 years for HMRC to make assessments or notices of determination in cases involving offshore income, gains or chargeable transfers.

HMRC is extending the time limit because it can take much longer to establish the facts about offshore transactions, particularly if they involve complex offshore structures. More time is needed to address situations where the current assessment time limits of 4 and 6 years for offshore non-compliance are not long enough to establish the facts, and determine and assess the amount of tax due.

You are invited to comment on aspects of the design principles explained in the consultation document ‘Extension of Offshore Time Limits’.

If responding by email, please include the subject heading ‘Extension of offshore time limits consultation’.

Documents

Consultation: Extension of Offshore Time Limits

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Published 19 February 2018
Last updated 6 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Summary of responses and link to draft legislation added.
  2. First published.