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Continued crackdowns by HMRC on health workers and tax evaders in general have made accurate healthcare accounting more important than ever.

First it was doctors and dentists who faced scrutiny, as two of the professions chosen seemingly at random by HMRC to face additional scrutiny over tax improprieties.

As the 2013-14 tax year drew to a close, other health workers were also told to pay any outstanding tax, or face an HMRC taskforce.

This included dieticians, chiropodists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, nutritional therapists, psychologists, speech therapists, homeopaths, podiatrists and others.

A week before the tax year ended, HMRC’s director general of enforcement and compliance Jennie Granger said: “We will now use information we hold from third parties and regulatory bodies to identify people who have not paid what they owe.

“Penalties – or even criminal prosecution – could follow.”

As of April 14th, HMRC have outlined plans to tighten the rules on placing funds offshore to avoid paying tax – and want to be able to hand out criminal convictions without proving that undeclared income was placed offshore as an attempt at tax evasion.

The climate is continuing to become more hostile, and it is important to get healthcare accounting right – so if you are concerned, speak to our medical and dental accountants to get your affairs in order as soon as possible.