HMRC are to send letters to medics and dentists this week in the next phase of its Tax Health Plan, which was originally launched in 2008 as an amnesty to unpaid tax.
This week though the 2,500 letters to be sent will adopt are a far firmer approach, some of them saying: “We know you have outstanding tax returns” and warns of a “final opportunity” to come forward. They add: “Your failure to contact us in the past may have been an oversight. However, if you do not respond to this letter, we will treat it as an active choice.”
If the medics do not respond within 21 days, then they may face “significant additional charges”, with a possibility that their case may be referred to Criminal Investigations.
RSM Tenon director of tax investigations, Gary Ashford said: When the THP took place, only around 1,500 came forward. At the time of the campaign, HMRC said they had information on tens of thousands of names and addresses. The doctors and dentists may not have taken the information held by HMRC seriously”
The letters are clearly hard-hitting. HMRC is standing by the data it has got. This is a key moment in terms of disclosure campaigns. This is HMRC’s opportunity to show the campaigns have teeth,” he added.