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Time for a check-up?

  • 11th October 2013

Time for a check-up?

Another day, another HMRC disclosure opportunity, this time for taxpayers working in the field of health or wellbeing, including:  

  • Physical therapy - eg physiotherapist, chiropractor, chiropodist, osteopath, occupational therapist;
  • Alternative medicine or therapy - eg homeopathy, acupuncture, nutritional therapy, reflexology, nutrition; and
  • Other therapy - eg psychology, speech therapy, arts therapy.

If you are a health or wellbeing professional with undeclared income then you would be advised to make a disclosure under HMRC's Health and Wellbeing Tax Plan. Under normal circumstances, HMRC can look back 20 years, demanding the tax due plus a penalty equal to up to 100% of the lost tax. However, make a disclosure under the Plan and HMRC may restrict their enquiries to the last 4 years and set the penalty at 0%. Other benefits include: the option of paying the tax due in installments; and avoiding having your name appear in a list of deliberate defaulters. 

If you want to make a disclosure under the Plan you need to notify HMRC by 31 December 2013. Full disclosure and payment will then be required by 6 April 2014.

Who writes this?

Stephen Relf

Stephen Relf

Tax Consultant
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