HMRC Webinar - new reporting obligations tackling offshore tax evasion
The aim of the changes is to expand the scope of this relief to make it easier and more attractive for potential non-UK domiciled investors. Non‚ UK domiciled Individuals who are taxed on the remittance basis will not generally pay UK income tax and CGT on foreign income and gains as long as they do not remit them to the UK. By its nature the remittance basis inevitably discourages remitting monies into the UK for investment. BIR is aimed at alleviating that consequence by providing relief from the UK tax charge that would otherwise arise on remittance when foreign income or gains are brought into the UK and invested in a qualifying business.
The focus of the CIOT‚ s previous representations has been on the extent to which the existing BIR anti-avoidance rules discourage take up of the relief. The proposed changes address some of the disincentives. However significant legislative deterrents remain. It is hoped that consideration will be given to removing the remaining barriers.