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HMRC launches plumbers amnesty

HM Revenue & Customs has renewed its push to encourage people to hand over any unpaid income tax with the launch of a plumbers amnesty.

The Plumbers Tax Safe Plan is aimed at any one working in the plumbing, heating or gas installation industry who has not previously declared all of their income to HMRC.

People who come clean about any unpaid income tax will face a lower penalty than if HMRC discovers the situation itself.

Those who cannot afford to pay all of the money they owe in one go may also be able to pay it in instalments.

The latest initiative, which follows similar ones for doctors and people with offshore accounts, is also open to tradesman who are not plumbers, as long as they include their correct business or trade on the relevant forms.

HMRC said: “If you’ve not yet told HMRC that you have started working for yourself or you’ve not told them about all your income, you probably won’t have paid the right amount of tax. If that’s the case the Plumbers Tax Safe Plan is just what you need to help get your tax affairs up to date.

“It’s basically a fresh start. If you decide to take advantage of PTSP, you can stop worrying about what might have happened had HMRC found out that you’d not been telling them about all of your income.”

People have until the end of May to notify HMRC that they want to take part in the scheme, while they must have made a disclosure and paid any tax by the end of August.