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How do I use the Contractual Disclosure Facility?


The contractual disclosure facility is a prescribed format. The offer to take part in the facility can only be made by HMRC (although the contractual disclosure facility can be requested where appropriate when someone wishes to disclose tax irregularities to HMRC). With the offer to participate in the contractual disclosure facility comes various forms which HMRC ask the individual accused of tax fraud to complete. In effect, the contractual disclosure facility is a guarantee of non- prosecution for tax fraud or tax evasion that is admitted in the facility contract.

The notification letters are usually sent recorded delivery to the person HMRC suspect of tax fraud. The reason for this is that anyone who is offered the contractual disclosure facility has 60 days from the date of receipt to return the necessary forms to HMRC. If the disclosure forms are not returned in 60 days, then HMRC automatically deem the offer to take part in the contractual disclosure facility to be rejected. This will then trigger an investigation of the suspected tax fraud without the benefit of protection from prosecution.

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