The course is designed to provide delegates with an enhanced understanding of the background to the new UK laws concerning the criminal facilitation of tax evasion and what firms must do to protect themselves from the new corporate offence of failing to implement ‘reasonable’ procedures to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion by employees and ‘associates’. (Please note: the course is not designed to provide a detailed examination of tax offences or accounting practices).


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This workshop is eligible for continuous professional development (CPD) credits.

Course Overview and Expected Learning Outcomes

The course explains the latest international developments concerning tax compliance, including FATCA, CRS and the Act, and why the payment of tax is important.

Delegates will be provided with a high-level summary of some of the most significant forms of direct and indirect taxation for private individuals and corporate entities, and the laws that govern them.

Particular emphasis will be placed upon the Act and the new corporate offences relating to UK and Overseas tax evasion, and delegates will be provided with an opportunity to apply the learning from the workshop to some real-life scenarios and tax-related activities.

One of the critical learning outcomes will be to review and understand the six guiding principles of how a corporate entity must comply with the Act, and how to conduct a risk assessment in the workplace to identify the highest risks that must be managed more closely.

It is anticipated that a key outcome and takeaway will be that delegates will be able to apply the learning in their own organisations, to support the firm to manage and mitigate the risk of facilitating tax evasion.

Keywords and topic areas

  • UK and international tax disclosure
  • The UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 (“the Act”)
  • OECD and the G20 recommendations, FATCA and CRS
  • Tax evasion vs tax avoidance vs transfer pricing
  • The Panama Papers
  • Risk assessment – jurisdiction, customer, sector, transaction and channels
  • Red flags to uncovering tax evasion
  • KYC and CDD
  • Escalation and reporting of suspicion or whistleblowing
  • Six guiding principles to managing the risk of facilitating tax evasion risks

At the end of the course delegates will be provided with a certificate attesting to their attendance and participation.

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