Private tutors have less than one month to declare unpaid tax

Private tutors have less than one month to declare unpaid tax

Private Tutoring News December 2011

Private tutors now have less than a month left to tell HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) about any tax that they owe.

Back in October 2011, all private tutors were offered a special tax plan called the 'Tax Catch Up Plan'.  Registering by 6 January 2012 ensures that tutors will be able to declare any unpaid tax on the best terms possible.

After 6 January 2012, using information pulled together from different sources, HMRC will investigate those who have chosen not to come forward.

Marian Wilson, Head of HMRC Campaigns, said:

“Tutors and coaches who have notified us of their intention to disclose unpaid tax will have until 31 March to tell us what they owe and make arrangements to pay.

From January we will use the information at our disposal to investigate tutors and coaches who have not declared their full income. I therefore strongly urge anyone in this group who thinks they may have outstanding income tax liabilities to get in touch with HMRC and get their tax affairs in order.

This is the first step for those with undisclosed income or gains to avoid a full tax investigation and much higher penalties. Contact us before we contact you.”

The Tax Catch Up Plan has two stages:

• By 6 January 2012, tutors/coaches/instructors must register with HMRC to “notify” that they plan to make a voluntary tax disclosure.

• By 31 March 2012, those who have registered to notify must tell HMRC what they owe and pay the tax, interest and penalties due.

People can register online at HMRC by completing a notification form or by calling HMRC on 0845 601 8817.

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