VinciWorks to release new international tax evasion course

Screenshot of tax evasion game in Criminal Finances Act course
The new tax evasion refresher course includes a game whereby users are presented with realistic scenarios

VinciWorks will soon be releasing a new tax evasion course. The course takes a modern, fresh approach to tax evasion training with a focus on industry-specific guidance, role-relevant scenarios and an interactive, engaging approach to ensuring all staff have the skills and understanding they need to prevent facilitation of tax evasion.

The Criminal Finances Act created a corporate criminal offence for failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. This places the responsibility on businesses to have “reasonable procedures” in place to ensure none of their employees or contractors are involved in helping someone evade their taxes anywhere in the world. Guidance from HMRC advises that reasonable procedures should be guided by the following 6 principles:

  • Risk assessment
  • Proportionality of risk-based prevention procedures
  • Top-level commitment
  • Due diligence
  • Communication and training
  • Monitoring and review

Training is one of the key planks of a business response to the obligations imposed by the Criminal Finances Act 2017 which introduced a corporate offence of “failure to prevent” facilitation of tax evasion. Businesses can be found criminally liable if their staff or third parties, such as service providers, facilitate tax evasion. Having reasonable procedures such as training in place is a defence.

Our new international tax evasion course takes an interactive and dynamic approach to training staff on how to spot and prevent tax evasion, and ensure they are not party to any facilitation which could land them or the business in trouble.

Course overview

Screenshot of tax evasion training

The course combines realistic scenarios with detailed, relevant information for the user based on their role in the company, their location and how frequently they engage in activities which could potentially pose a risk for facilitation of tax evasion. This can include paying invoices to giving out tax advice.

Alongside detailed information on reasonable procedures and industry-specific scenarios, the course presents users with an interactive game to help internalise the potential tripping points in their daily job which could result in facilitating tax evasion.

The course also addresses the challenge of offshore tax jurisdictions and gives guidance on how to spot red flags. Organisations can create personalised guidance for their staff, with information about what to do and who to contact when there is a concern of tax evasion from a client. The course begins with a “course builder” that generates a course for each user based on their jurisdiction, industry and level of risk in their role. Within seconds, the course is configured into one of several versions.

Course features

Tax evasion refresher course builder
  • Begins with a dynamic course builder questionnaire to build the most relevant course for each user
  • Interactive game presenting scenarios relating to the learner’s jurisdiction
  • Interactive red flag assessment
  • Can be fully customised to include the details of relevant contact people, a custom module and more

Course outcomes

Those who take the course will understand:

  • The relationship between tax evasion, tax avoidance and tax mitigation
  • The social and economic effects of failing to prevent tax evasion
  • What is meant by “reasonable procedures”
  • The penalties for committing an offence under the Criminal Finances Act
  • Red flags for spotting facilitation of tax evasion
  • Interactive quizzes to review knowledge learnt

This new coursecan be fully customised to be relevant to your organisation, the industry and each department within the organisation.

If you would like to know more about the course and be updated when it is released, complete the short form below and someone from our team will be in touch.