Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF)

The Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF) allows those with undisclosed offshore money, gains, investments or assets to settle and regularise their tax affairs with HMRC, but unlike other voluntary disclosure arrangements, will offer no favourable terms or lower penalties.

The new Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF) replaces previous disclosure schemes such as the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility and the Crown Dependencies Disclosure Facilities. The Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility, which closed at the end of 2015, provided UK residents with undeclared tax liabilities a unique opportunity to settle and regularise their tax affairs with HMRC on favourable terms and immunity from prosecution.

The new Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF), available from 5 September 2016, will allow anyone wishing to disclose a UK tax liability relating wholly or partly to an offshore issue. This includes:-

  • Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF)
  • Income arising from a source outside the UK
  • Assets situated or held outside the UK
  • Activities carried on wholly or mainly outside the UK
  • Where the funds connected to unpaid tax are transferred outside the UK

The launch of the WDF is linked to the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), an international initiative where over 100 countries will exchange tax payer information on a multilateral basis. The aim of the CRS is to crack down on the use of offshore jurisdictions to facilitate tax evasion. 

Further Information on the Worldwide Disclosure Facility

For further information or advice on the new Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF), please contact Ian Leigh or Paul Williams (ex-HMRC) on 0207 309 2222.