HMRC are seeking the power to recover unpaid tax of over £1,000 from taxpayers’ private bank accounts and legislation was originally going to be included in the 2015 Finance Act. However, the new measures were not included in the first Finance Act but may be included in the next one!
This new power will only be used where the taxpayer has ignored several demands for payment. Additionally, the taxpayer’s bank account should not be reduced below £5,000 by HMRC. If enacted, this proposed new power will extend to joint bank accounts in the tax debtor’s name, but not those in the spouse’s sole name.