May 27th, 2016

HMRC Announce “Second Income” Campaign

HMRC like campaigns aimed at people coming forward and declaring untaxed sources of income.  Over the years we’ve had over a dozen campaigns aimed at, amongst others, those with offshore investments, plumbers, electricians and landlords.  In the eight years up to 31 January 2015 the various campaigns have generated just over £1bn of additional revenue for HMRC.

Today sees the announcement of the latest campaign, this time focussing on those within PAYE who receive a second untaxed source of income.  Some common examples of second incomes cited by HMRC include:

Underpaid and late tax is subject to penalties and interest on a sliding scale.  Penalties are charged as a percentage of the underpaid tax and range from 0% to 100% according to the circumstances and behaviour of the taxpayer, or non-taxpayer as the case may be.

Disclosures of unpaid tax under this campaign, in fitting with the other campaigns, will be subject to a more lenient approach from HMRC with penalties ranging from 0% to 20% for a voluntary disclosure.  If HMRC get wind of the second income before a voluntary disclosure is made then all bets are off so it is important that those in receipt of untaxed income don’t bury their heads in the sand.

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John manages a wide portfolio of owner managed businesses and oversees the smooth operation of the firm’s payroll department.

After obtaining his degree in mathematics from the University of Liverpool, John joined Jonathan Ford & Co in 2004 and qualified as a chartered accountant four years later. John likes to keep abreast of developments in tax and accounting and is responsible for the mentoring of junior staff.

Outside of work, John enjoys powerlifting and is a Liverpool FC season ticket holder.

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