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BUSINESSES FACE SCRUTINY BY HMRC


Businesses are facing greater scrutiny by the taxman following the launch of a new programme aimed at monitoring tax evaders.


The ‘Managing Deliberate Defaulters’ (MDD) programme will allow


HMRC to monitor the tax affairs of those it deems to have deliberately evaded tax.


The new rules apply to businesses and individual taxpayers. A taxpayer will come out of the programme when HMRC is satisfied that they are no longer a high risk, but can remain in the programme for up to five years.


If deliberate evasion continues, then criminal proceedings may result. Some 900 MDDs have already been identified and been contacted by HMRC telling them that they are now under close personal scrutiny.


Rachel Murphy, head of tax at accountancy firm HURST, said: “This is another way HMRC and the Treasury are seeking to boost their coffers in a difficult economic climate. It is crucial that all taxpayers keep their tax affairs in order, as poor financial records will not be an excuse.


“There is no right of appeal against inclusion in the programme in the MDD but a formal complaint could be made. Given that HMRC refer to defaulters as ‘tax cheats’, inclusion in the programme could be extremely detrimental.”


Once included in the programme, businesses can expect potentially unannounced visits by HMRC to inspect books and records before returns are submitted, in-depth compliance checks and requirement to send additional information with tax returns.


BLYWEERT BEAUFORTTEAM EXCELS AT ECOBUILD


The Blyweert Beaufort sales team was fully extended at Ecobuild, with a never-ending stream of visitors flocking to the stand.


Sales and Marketing Director, Wayne Irvine told Clearview that he was “delighted” with the response to the company’s displays, which included key


elements of its high performance window, door and facade systems including integrated solar shading solutions and the debut of Triton Hi parallel opening vents.


An interactive touch screen presentation system helped the sales team highlight the detail behind the designs, such as high thermal insulation using patented Spidertechnology polyamide thermal breaks, Secured by Design options for windows and doors in at-risk installations and Bioclimatic architecture that integrates building design with the environment. The on-screen demonstration of solar shading underpinned the hands-on displays, with varying louvre configurations attached to the Kratos curtain walling façade displays.


”Ecobuild is now a must-see event for architects and other design professionals at all levels of the specification process,” Wayne added.


“It gave us the perfect platform to demonstrate our integrated design philosophy first hand and we were pleased to see a good blend of specifiers and contractors together with local authorities and even private developers”.


The Ecobuild event was the second time in a week that the Blyweert Beaufort team graced the halls at London’s ExCeL, following hard on the heels of BSEC.


“Our team really worked hard over the last couple of weeks,” said Wayne, “and we have already begun the follow up process and linking together our fabricating customers with the leads we generated on the stands”.


For more information call Blyweert Beaufort Aluminium on 01633 294040 or visit www.blyweertbeaufort.com


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