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Where Taxpayers and Advisers Meet
HMRC’s High Net Worth Unit Brings in £1 Billion
17/07/2014, by HM Revenue & Customs, Tax News - Income Tax
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HM Revenue and Customs’ High Net Worth Unit – a specialist division which deals with the tax affairs of the UK’s wealthiest individuals – has brought in £1 billion in compliance yield.

The unit, which was set up in 2009, deals with the tax affairs of the 6,200 wealthiest individual customers of HMRC – those with a net worth of £20 million or more.

Customers are assigned a relationship manager who has detailed oversight and develops a close understanding of the tax risks among these wealthy individuals. 

This maximises voluntary compliance of the majority of customers and enables HMRC to effectively challenge those who do not play by the rules. The High Net Worth Unit ensures good customer engagement with a focus on influencing behaviour to improve voluntary compliance.  

The compliance figure was revealed by David Gauke, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, as he spoke at HMRC’s annual stakeholder conference.

David Gauke said: 

“HMRC vigorously polices the rules ensuring it collects the tax that is due, and takes tough action against the minority who seek to avoid their responsibilities. This approach is clearly working as HMRC’s High Net Worth Unit has delivered £1 billion in compliance yield. This is against targets totaling £894 million and is further evidence that the government’s investment of nearly £1 billion in HMRC to tackle avoidance, evasion and fraud is paying off.”

Since 2009 the compliance brought in by the High Net Worth Unit has increased year on year to £268 million in 2013-14, a 20 per cent increase on the year before.

High Net Worth Unit compliance yield:

Year

Yield

Target

2013-14

£268 million

£210 million

2012-13

£222 million

£200 million

2011-12

£200 million

£195 million

2010-11

£162 million

£153 million

2009-10

£85 million

£80 million

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HM Revenue & Customs is the UK's primary taxing authority, responsible for the administration (and collection) of direct and indirect taxes and duties, and certain benefits.

For further information please visit the HMRC Website and in particular the About Us section.

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