As part of the agreement between the UK and Swiss governments which recently came into force, the UK-Swiss Tax Treaty, in an attempt to reduce evasion in Swiss bank accounts the Swiss have paid over the equivalent of £342m to the UK.
The payment is the first instalment of the levy on bank accounts held in Switzerland by UK taxpayers, designed to cover arrears on previously unreported income.  The levy will apply to accounts in Switzerland unless the account holder allows the bank to disclose details to HMRC.
Current and future tax liabilities will be covered under the UK-Swiss Tax treaty and it is anticipated it will raise around £5bn in the next five years.  Prior years will be covered by the levy whilst future years will be covered by witholding taxes within the accounts in Switzerland.  In many cases, depending on the level of growth seen in the accounts, the levy under the treay can work out more expensive than other disclosure options, such as the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF).
If you are interested in more details on the UK-Swiss Tax Treaty or the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility, please contact us or take a look at our UK-Swiss Tax Treaty page.

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