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HMRC internal manual

Insurance Policyholder Taxation Manual

Overseas insurers: appointment of a tax representative by HMRC

Persons who may be appointed by HMRC to be the tax representative

HMRC may only appoint a person to be the tax representative of an overseas insurer where that person has a significant business or economic connection with the insurer. This would include, but is not limited to, companies connected with the overseas insurer and the UK branch or agency of any such company.

However HMRC could not, for example, appoint as a tax representative an independent financial adviser in the UK unless that person is responsible for marketing most of the business that the overseas insurer has with UK residents. Nor could it appoint a firm of accountants or solicitors whose only connection with the overseas insurer is that it acts as auditor or professional adviser to the insurer.

Right to ask HMRC to review the decision and to appeal

If HMRC decides to appoint a tax representative for an overseas insurer then both the insurer and the person appointed have the right, within 30 days of being notified of the decision, to appeal against that decision. They can also ask HMRC to review the decision. The First-tier Tribunal will hear any appeal.

If the overseas insurer and the person appointed do not ask for a review of the decision, or an appeal is not successful, then the appointee will be responsible for supplying information about chargeable events to policyholders and HMRC, including for the period since the insurer was first required to appoint a tax representative. It has three months from the confirmation to deal with any backlog of information.

Further reference and feedback IPTM1013