Tax crackdown on Gloucestershire health professionals

WORKERS in the health and wellbeing professions in the South West who have taxable income that they have not told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about have one week to come forward and register.

The Health and Wellbeing Tax Plan offers health professionals a time-limited chance to bring their tax affairs up to date, on the best terms.

The campaign covers physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, chiropodists, podiatrists, homeopaths, dieticians, nutritional therapists, reflexologists, acupuncturists, psychologists, speech, language and art therapists and others.

Health professionals have until December 31 to tell HMRC that they would like to take part in the campaign, and until April 6 2014 to disclose the details and pay the tax owed.

After December 31, HMRC will take a much closer look at their tax affairs. By using this campaign to come forward, any penalty the health workers might have to pay will be lower than if HMRC goes to them first.

Head of HMRC Campaigns, Marian Wilson, said: “After the opportunity closes on April 6, HMRC will use information we hold from third parties and regulatory bodies to identify people who have not paid what they owe. Penalties – or even criminal prosecution – could follow.”

For more details, plus help and support about the campaign, people can visit HMRC’s website: www.gov.uk/voluntary-disclosure-health-wellbeing

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