A number of people in Thanet seem to have holiday homes abroad; it's a popular here as anywhere else as a way of escaping the winter weather.
Be warned however. That serious and very organised gang of criminals, otherwise known as HM Revenue & Customs wants their "cut" and if you have an overseas holiday home or second property that you rent out, the taxman could soon be turning his attention to your affairs.
An investigation by Revenue & Customs into Britons with bank accounts abroad has been launched as part of a wider drive against tax evasion and money laundering. Anyone with a separate overseas account linked to one in the UK is likely to have the details passed on to the taxman by the host British bank.
In May this year, the Revenue won a key ruling that forced Barclays to reveal the identities of all its UK customers with accounts abroad, to see if they have been complying with UK tax regulations.
It estimates that many have not.
The Revenue's best guess is that as many as a fifth of Barclays customers with offshore accounts may not be complying, and it expects to recoup up to £1.5bn as a result of the probe.
Ed: To help Customs officers combat money laundering they have trained sniffer dogs to sniff out cash! They are, apparently, operating at major railway stations and on the London underground. If the dogs sniff out some money the person carrying it is pulled in and asked to explain why he is carrying so much cash around with him.
If you regularly move large sums of cash around in the UK don’t be surprised if you are pulled over and asked to explain why you are carrying large sums of cash. You should carry proof of identity and be able to give an explanation of why you are carrying cash to prevent the inconvenience of a trip to the police station.