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Friday, 15 January 2010
Chippies Take a Battering
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) have warned HMRC that the campaign aimed at dealing with non-compliance in the medical profession is not treating taxpayers consistently.
Doctors' unpaid tax will be collected, as well as interest and a fixed 10% penalty.
However, HMRC are also running a campaign aimed at fish and chip shops where there are no restrictions on the penalties.
Why treat chippies differently from doctors?
Bob Crawford, Convener of the ICAS Tax Committee, said:
"It appears that our chippies are taking a battering compared to our doctors, and there's no clear reason why.
We support HMRC's continuing efforts to tackle non-compliance, but for any campaign to gain acceptance, the criteria for penalties should be consistently applied.
We question why doctors will be dealt with by a 10% fixed penalty, whilst fish and chip shops could be on the hook for a far higher penalty, for similar amounts of unpaid tax."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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