This week the Government has announced mandatory taxi check for certain licence types from April 2022.
In its announcement, the Government said:
Licensing bodies will be required to signpost first-time applicants to HMRC guidance about their potential tax obligations and obtain confirmation that the applicant is aware of the guidance before considering the application. Where the application is not a first-time application (a renewed application) the licensing body must, before considering the application, obtain confirmation from HMRC that the applicant has completed a tax check.
An applicant will carry out a tax check by providing information to enable HMRC to satisfy itself that the applicant has complied with an obligation to notify their chargeability to tax, where such an obligation applied. The check will include a question about whether income from the licensed activity has been declared to HMRC, where the applicant was chargeable to tax. The check will be completed when HMRC is satisfied the applicant has provided all information requested.
Where an HMRC failure prevents the applicant from carrying out their tax check or the licensing body from meeting its requirement to obtain confirmation of the completion of the tax check, the requirement on the licensing body to obtain that confirmation will cease to apply.
In cases where the licensing body has been unable to obtain confirmation of completion of the tax check for 28 days other than because of an HMRC failure (for example, where an applicant refuses to complete a tax check and therefore HMRC cannot provide confirmation that they have completed one) amendments to section 17 of the Transport Act 1985 and paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 will cause the extended licence to expire.
Operative details for conditionality will be contained in regulations.
The licences that will be subject to conditionality are issued under