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Changes to compliance checks

The Finance Act 2008 has introduced a number of changes to compliance which will take effect from 1 April 2009.

The main changes are:

  • HMRC will have one set of powers covering PAYE, VAT, Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Construction Industry Scheme to visit and inspect businesses and records and to request information and documents
  • Greater flexibility in setting record keeping requirements
  • New time limits
  • Safeguards for taxpayers

For VAT, the time limits for assessments and claims will be increased from three to four years. The legislation ensures that claims that are already out of time are not brought back into time.

HMRC has published an e-learning package on its website. This sets out the new framework in more detail.



Date: 6th March, 2009
Author: Jane Stacey


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