HMRC adds name to the tax avoidance schemes list

29 November 2022

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has recently added another name to their list of named tax avoidance schemes, promoters, enablers and suppliers.

The list aims to help contractors, agencies and businesses with identifying where potential tax avoidance is being conducted. It should be noted that a company’s absence from the list does not indicate that are approved by HMRC, new names are added to the list as and when able. Nor is it an indicator of all the types of schemes being operated.

HMRC is now making more use of its powers to publish details in relation to the tax avoidance undertaken. It is publishing details of other persons or businesses that have a role in the scheme.

The latest addition is Charteris Management Ltd, additional companies named are:

  • Taurus Limited (Incorporated Isle of Man)
  • Howe Consultancy Limited (Incorporated Isle of Man)
  • Griffith Anderson Limited
  • Integra Resourcing Ltd (Incorporated Malta)
  • Jeceris Limited
  • Ombros Solutions Limited

The scheme involved users signing separate contracts with two different companies. Company one would deduct a fee and pay users at, or just above, minimum wage. The remainder of the funds were sent to company two as an ‘introducer fee’. After deducting another fee, company two would make a larger payment, labelled as ‘loan’ or similar. Tax and national insurance were not paid on the second payment made to the worker.

Don’t get caught out, make sure everyone involved in the engagement of contract workers does their due diligence. Some of the accompanying businesses were already named on the list, a quick check could save you or a client becoming involved in such a scheme.

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