Volltext: The future importance of tax compliant clients

LDF and Swiss-UK Tax Agreement 
Individuals who are tax compliant should send written confirmation from an “Appropriately Qualified 
UK Advisor”, a notarised or certified tax filing which shows the relevant property, a written identifica- 
tion form and waiver which allows the FI to send the notification to HMRC directly, or an original 
“Certificate of Tax Compliance".'*? 
If the individual wants to benefit from the LDF he has to contact the FI and inform them of his inten- 
tion. If he has already registered for the LDF, he must either send a written confirmation from an “Ap- 
propriately Qualified UK Advisor” that he has already applied for the LDF and has disclosed the rele- 
vant property under LDF to the FI, send the registration certificate (original or notarised or certified 
copy thereof) or the disclosure certificate (original or notarised or certified copy thereof) to the FI.'? 
If an unsatisfactory or no response is given to the FI, to the FI must cease providing relevant services 
within 6 months (or contact the review procedure) after the deadline."^ Non-compliance with the noti- 
fication process will result in a monetary fine for the individual. 
An individual who has investments in Liechtenstein but was not contacted by the FI or does not know 
who the FI is should still act.'“ In general, it is not required for individuals to wait for the notification 
letter from the FI; instead, they should contact HMRC on their own." Indeed, it is their responsibility 
to report interests in relevant property to HMRC, since the individual alone is liable for all taxes that 
are due under UK law. In case the FI is unknown, the individual should try to contact the bank or other 
contact persons to ask for the FL If the FI is unable to be located, the helpdesk should be contacted. 
The LDF, especially the notification procedure, has no influence on the legal obligations of British 
FIs. If a UK advisor has a client with assets in Liechtenstein, he is not obligated to make a report to 
HMRC. However, in the event that the British FI makes a report, HMRC recommends noting the in- 
tention to use the LDF. Such a report does not change the terms of the conditions and does not lead to 
criminal investigation if the conditions and limits are satisfied." 
? Annex D 
53 HMRC, FAQ, March 2013, sec. 1.16 & 2.2. 
5* Memorandum of Understanding, 2009, schedule 3, no. 2. 
55 Memorandum of Understanding, 2009, schedule 3, no. 5. 
55 HMRC, LDF FAQ, March 2013, sec. 1.7. 
' HMRC, LDF FAQ, March 2013, sec. 1.13. 
$8 HMRC, LDF FAQ, March 2013, sec. 2.3. 
'$ HMRC, LDF FAQ, March 2013, sec. 1.12. 


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