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What is the Contractual Disclosure Facility?

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Being subject to a tax investigation is very stressful for people, but being subject to the contractual disclosure facility arrangements is one step down from being subject to a prosecution for tax fraud.

It is therefore important that people who receive a letter from HMRC offering them the contractual disclosure facility understand the process and implications of being offered the facility.

The contractual disclosure facility is an HMRC process where they suspect serious tax fraud. The facility is only issued with HMRC’s Code of Practice 9 (investigations where HMRC suspect tax fraud). Anyone who received a letter from HMRC with an offer to participate in the contractual disclosure facility should seek professional tax advice from a specialist in dealing with the contractual disclosure facility and Code of Practice 9 tax investigations.

The facility can only be issued by an authorised officer and generally it is only used by HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service who also deal with suspected serious tax fraud and criminal investigation. Usually HMRC will only issue the offer of the contractual disclosure facility where they believe that there will be duties unpaid of over £75,000 because of the suspected tax fraud.

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