What is Tax Avoidance?

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What is tax avoidance?

Tax Avoidance vs. Tax Evasion: What's the Difference?

As a small business owner in the UK, it's important to understand the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion.

Tax avoidance is legal and simply means arranging your affairs in a way that minimises your tax liability.

Tax evasion, on the other hand, is illegal and involves deliberately misrepresenting or concealing information from HMRC in order to reduce your tax bill.

 
What is Tax Avoidance?
Tax avoidance is the legal practice of minimising your tax liability through careful planning and arrangement of your affairs. There are many legitimate ways to avoid paying taxes, such as taking advantage of reliefs and allowances, using offshore companies or trusts, or entering intotax-efficient investments.

What is Tax Evasion?
Tax evasion is the illegal practice of concealing information or deliberately providing false information to HMRC in order to reduce your tax bill. This might involve failing to declare income, claiming expenses you haven't actually incurred, or hiding assets and profits offshore.

 
The key difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is that tax avoidance is legal while tax evasion is not. If you're caught evading taxes, you could face severe penalties, including a prison sentence. So, if you're feeling overwhelmed by your tax liability, it's important to seek professional help to ensure you stay on the right side of the law.


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Annette Ferguson 

Owner of Annette & Co. - Chartered Accountants & Certified Profit First Professionals. Helping online service-based entrepreneurs find clarity in their numbers, increase wealth and have more money in their pockets.

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