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New tax amnesty announced, this time for plumbers

New tax amnesty announced, this time for plumbers

Contractor accountants may see a surge in enquiries after HMRC announced a new tax amnesty on Tuesday.

The agreement encourages plumbers or those in associated trades, such as heating engineers and gas fitters, to settle their past five year’s undisclosed tax in return for a 10% penalty. Experts however are confused as to who exactly it applies to saying it has very similar to the terms offered to anybody wanting to make full disclosures.

A tax investigation partner at PKF, John Cassidy, pointed out that specific tax amnesties have been offered in the past but the wording of this one seems to cover a broad spectrum. This seems close to offering a back door general amnesty, he added.

HMRC hit back saying the Plumber Tax Safe Plan is specific and the forms are designed so that only plumbers and associated tradesmen can complete them.

The Revenue wants to encourage other people to make disclosures and they will receive preferential treatment for doing so but HMRC does not guarantee that they will receive the 10% penalty rate promised to plumbers.

Plumbers wanting to take advantage of this amnesty have until the 31st May to register intent and then settle their outstanding liability by August 31st.

Chas Roy-Chowdhury from the ACCA believes this time frame is not generous enough. Plumbers may only see their accountant once a year, he pointed out. The professional tax and accountant bodies had asked for the deadline to be extended until the 31st January 2012. For tradesmen who see their accountant once a year, this would seem sensible as it coincides with the self-assessment deadline.

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