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Readers’ forum: An unnecessary complication

11 February 2020
Issue: 4731 / Categories: Forum & Feedback
Tax evasion discovered during a divorce settlement.

We act on behalf of Mrs X and in her divorce proceedings. Her solicitor has asked us to assist with matters arising from the proposed financial settlement.

Mr X has reluctantly provided the information necessary to establish a fair division of assets but in the course of doing so we have become aware that he has not paid the correct amount of tax and his accounts appear to be a crude attempt to evade liabilities. However HMRC has seemingly not enquired into any aspect of his affairs.

  • First is there any duty on us to alert Mr X’s tax adviser as to what we have discovered? And should we recommend that his client makes an immediate full disclosure despite this being against our client’s best interest because Mr X will be able to...

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