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Time is running out on the tax amnesty for plumbers, gas fitters and heating engineers

The clock is ticking on a Tax Amnesty offered by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to plumbers, gas fitters and heating engineers who have previously not reported all of their trading receipts.

Plumbers and heating engineers were offered a special plan with set penalties to put right their tax affairs this March, which expired at the end of May.

HMRC have begun using information on people in the plumbing industry to clamp down on those who have not come forward as part of the Plumbers’ Tax Safe Plan (PTSP).

In addition to penalties, defaulters can face criminal prosecution, there are currently a number a criminal cases pending.

Under the PTSP (up to 31st May 2011), plumbers, gas fitters, heating engineers and members of associated trades who owed tax they had not declared faced a penalty rate from 10% up to a maximum of 20%. They now have until 31st August 2011 to contact HMRC and make payment.

HMRC has left the PTSP disclosure route open for those in the plumbing industry with unpaid tax who still wish to come forward, although the exact terms offered will be different to the set rates above and may differ from case to case.

Mike Wells, HMRC’s director of risk and intelligence, said: “Plumbers who have notified us of their intention to disclose now have until the end of August to tell us what they owe and make arrangements to pay. Since May, we have begun a series of enquiries targeting people in the plumbing industry. More than 600 will be under way by the end of this month, with many more to follow.”

If you require any advice, or think that you may be affected please contact our tax department on – 0845 671 1105 for a free initial consultation.

For more information visit – www.hmrc.gov.uk/plumberstaxsafeplan

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