The Government has, over the last few years, blurred the definition between 'tax avoidance' and 'tax evasion'.
They have introduced a series of rules covering this area that clearly points to a policy of zero tolerance.
Heavy fines and penalties can now be applied for non-compliance and the responsibility for these, in the case of using offshore providers, will always rest with the contractor, as will all the professional fees incurred as a result of an enquiry.
End clients can be exposed to risk where they are unable to demonstrate that appropritae checks have been made on their temporary workers and could be viewed as colluding in the tax avoidance.
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