If you’re a dentist, doctor, landlord or private tutor submitting your Self Assessment online this month, you may be under more scrutiny that other professions.
In recent years, the government has developed a super-computer that collates data from key sources. The data helps pinpoint discrepancies in an individual’s Self Assessment tax return and, as a result, identifies the occupational groups most likely to file late or inaccurate returns.
Doctors and dentists are high on the “watchlist”. Already HMRC has collected at least £10m in unpaid tax from these professionals by, for instance, using data collected from drug companies, locum agencies and other organisations to spot errors in individual returns.
Landlords also receive this kind of special treatment too. HMRC is actively examining people who rent out properties abroad or who own three or more properties in the UK. Landlords, we’re told, often “accidentally” includes traditional mortgage capital repayment as an expense.
Elsewhere tutors teaching subjects as disparate as horse-riding and music are also coming under HMRC’s close scrutiny.
Give yourself more time to get your Self Assessment right this time
If you’re in one of the professional groups prone to file your return late and inaccurately there’s one new first step you can take to make a better start in 2017.
The future is now with GOV.UK Verify
The new, simple and straightforward, way to access Self Assessment online is to use SecureIdentity and GOV.UK Verify. It takes only 10 to 15 minutes to create an account and you can begin filling in your self assessment tax return immediately. You’ll need to download the SecureIdentity Simple Sign-in App from the Apple store or Google Play. Have your identity documents to hand (ie: your passport, driving licence and bank statements) and choose SecureIdentity when you’re asked to choose a certified company to verify your identity at GOV.UK Verify.