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More than 1,000 doctors, dentists targeted by HMRC over tax evasion

More than 1,000 doctors and dentists are under investigation by the tax authorities amid accusations they are guilty of tax evasion.
More than 1,000 doctors, dentists targeted by HMRC over tax evasionIn some cases Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is considering launching separate criminal investigations against some of the doctors and dentists.

The latest campaign was launched in December 2010 and has uncovered a series of complex schemes used by medical professional including use of off-shore accounts and payments made by insurance companies.

It comes as Treasury figures show that £13.1 million has been clawed back from more than 2,000 medical staff since the HMRC launched its crackdown.

One doctor has paid back more than £1 million while one dentist has repaid more than £300,000, it was reported.

Some of the money recouped by the Treasury has come after medical staff voluntarily came forward with details of their tax affairs.

But it was said that criminal inquiries could be launched in 700 cases involving about £3.1 million. The cases are linked with tax evasion, which is illegal.

An HMRC document, discloses that “criminal investigations are currently under consideration” in these cases.

It appears that the tax clampdown may be connected to the doctors’ strike last month as Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, criticised the disclosures.

“I think the public would be as dismayed to hear some doctors are evading tax as they were to learn they had appointments cancelled because doctors don’t think a £43,000-a-year pension is enough,” said Mr Alexander.

According to the latest figures an average dentist’s salary is £128,000 for those employed both privately and in the NHS with more than 300 earn more than £300,000 annually.

An HMRC spokesman said: “HMRC campaigns ensure that those that have not paid tax – intentionally or otherwise – can come forward, pay what is due, and get their tax affairs are on the correct footing for the future.”

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