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Finance Act 2014

Schedule 35

64.Paragraph 1 explains what is meant by an information duty.

65.Paragraph 2 sets out the maximum penalties for failing to comply with the various obligations in the legislation. Subparagraph (2) makes it clear that for certain of the penalties the maximum can be imposed in respect of each person to whom or about whom information has not been provided. Subparagraph (3) provides for increasing penalties where there is repeated failure to provide HMRC with a promoter’s reference number. Subparagraph (4) sets out the considerations to be taken into account by the Tribunal when determining the amount of the penalty and in particular provides for the level of fees or the amount of tax advantage to be taken into account.

66.Paragraph 3 provides for daily penalties where a failure to comply continues after an initial penalty has been imposed. Subparagraph (2) sets out the maximum daily penalties.

67.Paragraph 4 provides for a penalty where inaccurate information or an inaccurate document has been provided. Subparagraph (2) covers the situation where the inaccuracy is careless or deliberate. Subparagraph (3) explains what is meant by careless. Subparagraphs (4) and (5) set out circumstances in which legal advice cannot be relied upon. Subparagraph (6) covers the situation where HMRC is not informed of an inaccuracy in a document. Subparagraph (7) covers the situation where an inaccuracy is discovered subsequently but HMRC is not informed. Subparagraph (8) sets out the maximum penalties for inaccuracies. Subparagraph (9) makes it clear that there is only a single penalty although there may have been multiple inaccuracies in the same document or information.

68.Paragraph 5 allows the Treasury to adjust the maximum penalties by regulations.

69.Paragraph 6 provides for penalties where a promoter or intermediary destroys or conceals documents that it has a duty to produce under certain of the provisions in the legislation. Subparagraphs (2) and (3) set out circumstances in which a penalty will not apply. Subparagraph (4) provides that the destruction or concealment of a document will count as a failure to produce the document. Subparagraph (5) sets out the priority rules if a document is required under more than one provision.

70.Paragraph 7 provides for penalties where documents are destroyed or concealed after HMRC has given informal notification that the documents will be required.

71.Paragraph 8 provides for cases where HMRC or the Tribunal extend the time limit for complying with an obligation.

72.Paragraph 9 provides that there is no penalty where there is a reasonable excuse.  Subparagraph (2) makes provision about what does and does not constitute reasonable excuse. The subparagraph includes the higher standards of reasonable excuse for monitored promoters and their clients.

73.Paragraph 10 brings the assessment of the penalties within the provisions of part 10 of the Taxes Management Act 1970.  In particular this has the consequence that all penalties except daily default penalties under paragraph 3(2)(b) are assessed by Tribunal rather than HMRC, and it provides promoters with the ordinary rights of appeal against penalties.

74.Paragraph 11 provides for the penalties to carry interest.

75.Paragraph 12 prevents a penalty being charged where someone has been convicted for the same offence.

76.Paragraph 13 prevents the duplication of penalties where a promoter reference number has been omitted from a tax return.

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