The Let Property Campaign has recovered a record amount of unpaid tax as a result of a crackdown on residential landlords with undisclosed rental income.
Figures released this month by HM Revenue and Customs [HMRC] show just over £50 million has been recovered. Earlier this year, that figure stood at just £20 million. It is understood more than 10,000 landlords have come forward.
Let Property Campaign
The Let Property Campaign, similar to other voluntary tax disclosure opportunities, is designed to encourage individuals to come forward and regularise their tax affairs on favourable terms. Those who do not come forward, face heavier penalties and possibly prosecution if HMRC catches up with them later.
In 2014, around 40,000 landlords who failed to come forward voluntarily were sent a promoted disclosure letter, providing a 30 day window to make contact and regularise their tax affairs with increased penalties and interest.
Sources of Information
HMRC now gather information from a much wider sources beyond Local Authorities, the Land Registry, the Electoral Roll and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. In late 2015, hundreds of estate agents were sent statutory notices to provide details of rents collected on behalf of all landlords.
Caroline Addison, head of campaigns at HMRC, said: “The Let Property Campaign bringing in more than £50m is further proof that our campaigns approach works. HMRC’s 20 campaigns have now together generated over £1 billion across a variety of sectors.”
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