How has the Brexit agreement affected DAC6?
In light of the Brexit Fair Trade Agreement that passed through parliament on 30 December 2020, HMRC announced today that there will be major changes in the UK’s approach to DAC6.
DAC6 will cease to apply to the UK at the end of the transition period (11pm GMT on 31 December 2020). At that point, the UK will no longer be obliged to implement DAC6.
Does this mean that DAC6 will no longer apply in the UK?
The short answer is no.
The long answer is that the Fair Trade Agreement emphasises that the UK “shall not weaken or reduce the level of protection provided for in its legislation at the end of the transition period below the level provided for by the standards and rules which have been agreed in the OECD at the end of the transition period”. This is a reference to the OECD’s model Mandatory Disclosure Rules (MDR) and includes some elements of DAC6.Continue reading