The campaign will last an unusually long time of 18 months during which taxpayers can come forward at any point with a disclosure of their undeclared income from rented properties.
HMRC can rely on a wealth of available information to identify landlords who have either not declared any rents or are not declaring all rents received. This can be from a number of sources including computerised records from other government agencies and local authorities, freely available information from the internet and information gathered from HMRC surveillance or tip-offs from the public. Disgruntled tenants can be a good source of information to HMRC!
HMRC Tax Investigation Rental Income
HMRC has estimated that 1.5 million landlords underpay tax totalling £500m every year and would therefore view this as a big opportunity to claw some of this tax back, hence the longer than usual period the campaign is open.
We strongly recommend any landlord with undeclared rental income to come forward and regularise their tax affairs as soon as possible. Lower penalties can be negotiated for those who come forward as part of the campaign. Those who do not come forward can expect higher levels of penalties should HMRC open a tax investigation and in certain cases criminal prosecutions can also occur.