Landfill Tax Evasion by landfill operators and the new offences of facilitation
Last year was the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the Landfill Tax in the UK. Over this time, evasion of this tax has been an increasing concern and in 2014, the Environmental Services Association Education Trust (ESAET) report "Waste Crime: Tackling Britain’s Dirty Secret" estimated the annual cost of landfill tax evasion at around £157m.
Over the last two years, HMRC and the Environment Agency have received additional funding to tackle this crime and a Loss of Ignition (LOI) threshold has been introduced to clarify what material is eligible for the lower rate of tax. We will give an overview of these changes and what you can do to ensure you are compliant. In October 2016, the Government introduced a new corporate criminal offence in the Criminal Finances Bill of failing to prevent or facilitating tax evasion. This will have a major impact on landfill operators and result in significant additional administrative burden in order to reduce the risk of prosecution.
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