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A new unit of tax inspectors has been set up by HM Revenue & Customs to target wealthy people who also have property abroad. The people who will be subjected to the scrutiny of HMRC, have wealth between £2.5 million and £20 million, plus a home overseas.

HMRC are hoping that they will raise half a billion pounds in revenue in the period to 2014. Commodity traders will be the next focus for the unit, believing that some traders withhold details of their income from HMRC. According to a spokesperson for HMRC, evidence was available that proves without a doubt, that some overseas home owners who fall within this bracket are evading tax. He added that a small percentage of the targeted people will have undeclared rental income, and won’t be able to provide documentary evidence of how the purchase was funded.

The unit, which was started in September 2011, will target around 200,000 taxpayers who are mainly 50 percent tax payers. The new unit is based on the triumph of a previous unit which concentrated on people who are “high net worth”, meaning they have more than £20 million. The investigation provided a yield of £85 million in 2009-10, with £151 million forecast for 2010-11.

Although HMRC will require documentation to show how properties abroad were paid for, a spokesperson for HMRC said:

“Those who have been letting out their foreign property and declaring the rents received have nothing to fear, but those who own foreign property which has never been let out should be prepared to prove to HMRC that they have received no income from the property.”

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