Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF)
We can help you approach HMRC.
About the WDF
The Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF) was introduced on 5 September 2016 following the closure of the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF) and is a new facility to make a voluntary disclosure relating to ‘offshore interests’.
- HMRC has increased its focus on the ‘tax gap’ and is increasing transparency across global tax authorities in an attempt to end tax evasion.
- It is important for you to ensure you are fully tax compliant, or you could face severe penalties from HMRC.
- This needs to be done whether you are an individual, company or a trustee.
Why you need to review your tax position
- Increasingly complex and constantly changing UK tax legislation
- The rules concerning offshore matters have changed drastically and rapidly.
- Heavy anti-avoidance measures have been introduced, aimed at offshore trust structures and overseas property structures.
- You could be inadvertently affected by unknown issues created by third parties (e.g. changing residence status, changes to complex trust rules that have not been appreciated).
- Increasing global transparency
- The new Common Reporting Standard is now in force, which is an automatic exchange of financial information between countries.
- HMRC’s ‘connect’ software allows the collection and analysis of millions of lines of data means you might be susceptible to investigation, even if you do not realise you have a tax issue.
- Penalties and other consequences
- HMRC is prosecuting more cases and demanding higher penalties for offshore offences (up to 300%).
- You could be at risk of reputational damage from HMRC’s ‘Name and Shame’.