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Doctors' tax deadline is looming

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Medical professional are being targeted in the latest HMRC campaign

Medical professionals face prosecution in serious cases if they fail to confess about past unpaid tax, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned.

The deadline for coming forward with an admission of unpaid tax expires at the end of Wednesday, when the penalty will be 10% of the unpaid money.

For those that are subsequently found out, the fine will rise to between 20% and 100% of the unpaid tax.

The move is part of a wider tax reclaim campaign.

Crackdown

Enquiries from medical professionals, including dentists, has spiked in recent days, according to an HMRC spokesman. Those who have admitted unpaid tax from previous earnings have until 30 June to pay the past tax, plus interest and penalties.

From the start of April, inquiries would be stepped up and the most serious cases would lead to prosecution, he said.

The tax authorities had been gaining information about doctors, and others, from employers such as NHS trusts, private hospitals and medical insurance firms.

"From April, we will be using the information at our disposal to investigate medical professionals who have not declared their full income," said Mike Wells, of the HMRC.

"I therefore strongly urge any in this group who think they may have outstanding tax liabilities on their income to get in touch with HMRC and get their tax affairs in order simply and on the best available terms."



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