Physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths have to bend over backwards for the taxman

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Health professionals including physiotherapists and osteopaths who have taxable income that they have not told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about are among those targeted in a new tax crackdown.

The HMRC Health and Wellbeing Tax Plan offers health professionals a time-limited opportunity to bring their affairs up to date on the best terms available before the taxman starts to get rough.

The new campaign covers physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, chiropodists and podiatrists.

Homeopaths, dieticians, nutritional therapists, reflexologists, acupuncturists, psychologists, and speech, language and art therapists and others are also covered.

The campaign is not aimed at doctors and dentists, who were covered by a previous HMRC campaign, nor at nurses or social workers.

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 and pay the tax owed. After December 31, HMRC will take a much closer look at the tax affairs of these health professionals.

Marian Wilson, head of HMRC campaigns, said: “I urge health and wellbeing professionals in the South East to take advantage of our quick and straightforward way of bringing their tax affairs up to date. Help, advice and support is available.

“After the opportunity closes on April 6, HMRC will use information it holds 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: https://www.gov.uk/voluntary-disclosure-health-wellbeing.

Help is also available from HMRC by calling the Health & Wellbeing Tax Plan helpline on 0845 600 4507.