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Finance Act 2014

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208Penalty if corrective action not taken in response to follower notice
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(1)This section applies where a follower notice is given to P (and not withdrawn).

(2)P is liable to pay a penalty if the necessary corrective action is not taken in respect of the denied advantage (if any) before the specified time.

(3)In this Chapter “the denied advantage” means so much of the asserted advantage (see section 204(3)) as is denied by the application of the principles laid down, or reasoning given, in the judicial ruling identified in the follower notice under section 206(a).

(4)The necessary corrective action is taken in respect of the denied advantage if (and only if) P takes the steps set out in subsections (5) and (6).

(5)The first step is that—

(a)in the case of a follower notice given by virtue of section 204(2)(a), P amends a return or claim to counteract the denied advantage;

(b)in the case of a follower notice given by virtue of section 204(2)(b), P takes all necessary action to enter into an agreement with HMRC (in writing) for the purpose of relinquishing the denied advantage.

(6)The second step is that P notifies HMRC—

(a)that P has taken the first step, and

(b)of the denied advantage and (where different) the additional amount which has or will become due and payable in respect of tax by reason of the first step being taken.

(7)In determining the additional amount which has or will become due and payable in respect of tax for the purposes of subsection (6)(b), it is to be assumed that, where P takes the necessary action as mentioned in subsection (5)(b), the agreement is then entered into.

(8)In this Chapter—

  • “the specified time” means—

    (a)

    if no representations objecting to the follower notice were made by P in accordance with subsection (1) of section 207, the end of the 90 day post-notice period;

    (b)

    if such representations were made and the notice is confirmed under that section (with or without amendment), the later of—

    (i)

    the end of the 90 day post-notice period, and

    (ii)

    the end of the 30 day post-representations period;

  • “the 90 day post-notice period” means the period of 90 days beginning with the day on which the follower notice is given;

  • “the 30 day post-representations period” means the period of 30 days beginning with the day on which P is notified of HMRC’s determination under section 207.

(9)No enactment limiting the time during which amendments may be made to returns or claims operates to prevent P taking the first step mentioned in subsection (5)(a) before the tax enquiry is closed (whether or not before the specified time).

(10)No appeal may be brought, by virtue of a provision mentioned in subsection (11), against an amendment made by a closure notice in respect of a tax enquiry to the extent that the amendment takes into account an amendment made by P to a return or claim in taking the first step mentioned in subsection (5)(a) (whether or not that amendment was made before the specified time).

(11)The provisions are—

(a)section 31(1)(b) or (c) of TMA 1970,

(b)paragraph 9 of Schedule 1A to TMA 1970,

(c)paragraph 34(3) of Schedule 18 to FA 1998,

(d)paragraph 35(1)(b) of Schedule 10 to FA 2003, and

(e)paragraph 35(1)(b) of Schedule 33 to FA 2013.

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