Payment in gold bullion banned in UK under new policy against tax evasion

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Such a policy might be more problematic if applied in the United States and Canada, where, for reasons not entirely clear, government-issued gold and silver coins are imprinted with face values far below their metal values.

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Payment in Gold Bullion Banned Under New Law to Combat Tax Evasion

By Rupert Neate
The Guardian, London
Monday, August 7, 2017

Companies will no longer be able to pay employees their salaries in gold bullion in the first use of a new law designed to combat "morally repugnant" tax-avoidance schemes.

An expert tax-avoidance panel has ruled that paying employees in gold is a "contrived" tax avoidance scheme designed to "frustrate the intent of Parliament" in cracking down on such practices.

It is the first application of the general anti-abuse rule panel since it was introduced by former chancellor George Osborne in 2013 as part of a package of measures to tackle tax evasion.

The ruling means Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs will be able to take action against both companies and employees seeking to take advantage of the "artificial and abusive" gold bullion schemes.

HMRC said accountants had created schemes designed to "disguise remuneration to individuals through paying them via a series of transactions buying and selling an asset, commonly gold bullion."

"They have a theoretical obligation to pay the value of the asset to a trust at some point in the future -- it is claimed that this obligation makes the payment non-taxable. However, in instances seen by HMRC so far, the individual has actually taken cash, thus supporting the HMRC view this is a payment of earnings." ...

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https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/aug/07/payment-in-gold-bullion...



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