Electrician’s wishing to pay any undisclosed tax have one more day to register to take part in HMRC’s Electrician’s Tax Safe Plan (ETSP)..
HM Revenue and Custom’s Electrician’s Tax Safe Plan (ETSP) campaign is available for those who wish to take part until 15 May 2012. Those who register for the tax amnesty will have until the 14 August to pay any outstanding tax owed to the revenue.
HMRC’s Electrician’s Tax Safe Plan is a limited time opportunity available to those who install, maintain and test electrical appliances, equipment and systems.
The ETSP campaign allows electricians to pay any undeclared tax to the revenue, with interest, and benefit from reduced HMRC tax penalties as Electrician’s Tax Safe Plan | 15 May Deadlinelow as 10 per cent, up to a maximum of 20 percent; penalties of up to 100 per cent are normally issued with the possibility of a criminal investigation by HMRC.
Head of HMRC Campaigns, Marian Wilson, said:
“Electricians who think they owe tax should get in touch and get their tax affairs in order, easily, and on the best terms.
“We are gathering information from a wide range of sources, including online advertising, industry bodies, trade directories, professional ‘electrical safety’ certificates, trade suppliers and tax records. Our sophisticated software allows us to use this information to find people who should come forward and us the Electrician’s Tax Safe Plan.”
Electricians are the second group of trades people to be targeted by HMRC; the first targeted group being plumbers and heating engineers. So far, fourteen plumbers have been arrested and one plumber was been sentenced to 12 months in prison in March for evading £91,000 of tax and national insurance (N.I).
Tax amnesty campaigns by HMRC have so far raised over £500m from voluntary disclosures and an additional £110m has been collected from follow up activities, including 16,500 completed HMRC investigations.
Kevin Kinsella Jnr Snr. | KinsellaTaxKevin Kinsella Jnr, of KinsellaTax, said:
“You know when I read about the old electrician’s amnesty and think of all the hullabaloo about people taking steps to pay less tax, the actual gross receipts from the electricians overall is going to be very small. At this rate almost anybody who is self-employed can be offered an amnesty but what are the actual gross receipts? Not much. I’m sure the people working on these schemes can be working on recovering money due to HM Treasury by way of taxes already applied elsewhere.”
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