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HMRC have new powers against dishonest tax-agents

3 April 2013 by Crystal HR & Payroll Ltd

On the 1st April 2013 HMRC will have powers under new legislation brought in to address dishonest conduct by tax-agents and issue civil penalties.

From 1 April 2013, new legislation allows HMRC to:

  • investigate dishonest conduct by tax agents
  • charge civil penalties
  • publish the details of tax agents who have acted dishonestly

For more details on the changes, visit HMRC’s website

Dishonest tax-agents form a small minority who are normally prosecuted, but when HMRC can’t prosecute, they need additional powers to penalise them.

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