The UK Government has repeatedly stated its aim of closing down tax evasion.
Tax evasion and its facilitation are already criminal offences but in March 2015 the Government announced it would also be a criminal offence if a company or partnership failed to prevent their agents from facilitating tax evasion. It covers UK evasion but also, in some circumstances, evasion of non UK tax.
The Criminal Finance Act 2017 contains the relevant legislation and is effective from 30 September 2017.
The legislation is relevant to all UK companies/partnerships regardless of size and so will be a further complication that Irish companies investing in the UK will face.
This publication provides some detail around the what this means for your business.