Offshore Funds: Reporting funds: breaches of reporting fund conditions: types of breaches: introduction
Regulation 108 of SI 2009/3001
The regulations define two types of breaches - ‘minor’ breaches and ‘serious’ breaches.
The two types of breaches are discussed in more detail in the following pages. In summary -
- a ‘breach’ is, specifically, a breach of part of the requirements of a fund and / or its manager as set out in the regulations;
- a breach will either be a ‘minor’ or ‘serious’ breach;
- where a breach that is not a serious breach is discovered by the fund itself and rectified without HMRC having discovered the breach as a result of an informal request or a notice for information to be provided (see IFM12636) then it will not be considered to be a breach;
- minor breaches (IFM12725), provided there is a reasonable excuse or where they are inadvertent and remedied as soon as reasonably possible, will not affect a fund’s reporting fund status unless there is a specified number of such minor breaches within a certain period.
- Funds will only be excluded from the reporting fund regime for serious breaches (IFM12726), which includes a specified number of minor breaches within a certain period.
- There is an appeal process when a fund is excluded from the reporting fund regime by way of an ‘exclusion notice’ issued by HMRC - (see IFM12736).