Double Taxation Relief: Anti avoidance legislation: Discovery notices
Once the period in which an enquiry into a return may be made has elapsed or an enquiry has been closed, HMRC may issue a notice only if either:
- the absence of a notice was due to deliberate conduct on the part of the person to whom the notice is issued, a person acting on their behalf, or their partner; or
- HMRC could not have been reasonably expected to realise that a notice should have been issued on the basis of information supplied before the enquiry period lapsed.
In the above circumstances, HMRC may issue a notice and also a discovery assessment to give effect to the notice. The notice may be varied until the discovery assessment becomes final.