Navigating Tax Challenges – A Guide for Medical Professionals in the UK

Tax Challenges for Medical Professionals

Are you a General Practitioner, dentist or physiotherapist working in the United Kingdom? Are you finding it tough to take care of your taxes while taking care of the well-being of your patients? In such a demanding job, it is not easy to have time to navigate the tax challenges without any help. However, developing a basic understanding of your tax obligations helps a lot in the long run. With the right knowledge, you can navigate the challenging tax landscape and make informed decisions effortlessly. So, let’s start.

Understand your tax obligations 
Income Tax

This is levied on salaries and other income sources. Depending on your income, this income tax rate also varies. However, it should be noted that if your salary or taxable income is up to £12,570, you don’t have to pay any income tax. Remember, you must pay income tax only if your income is above the personal allowance threshold.

National Insurance Contributions (NICs)

As a medical professional, this is another major tax that you pay depending on your income and employment status. 

For employed medical professionals in the United Kingdom, income tax and NICs are typically deducted from salary through the PAYE (Pay as You Earn) system. This means that if you are an employed medical professional, you don’t have to worry about calculating or paying these taxes. These two will get deducted automatically from your salary.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

If you are a medical professional offering certain goods or services, such as dental implants, mobility aids, or cosmetic surgeries to patients, you may have to register for VAT.

Business Rates

If you are the owner of a commercial property or leasing it for practice purposes, you may be liable to pay a non-domestic rate. This is also known as business rates that you must pay to your local council.
In addition to income tax, NIC, VAT and Business Rates, there are several other taxes or levies that you may experience as a medical professional in the United Kingdom. This depends on your specific circumstances and activities, such as the capital gains tax, council tax, etc. 

Know the various tax reliefs and allowances 

Apart from enjoying tax relief for your pension contribution, you can also make the most of these tax reliefs and allowances as a medical professional in the UK.

Professional Expenses

As a medical professional, you can claim tax relief for certain expenses that are wholly and exclusively for the sake of your medical practice such as GMC registration fees, work clothing, medical equipment or supplies, and work-related travel expenses.

Training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Make sure to keep a tab on the expenses related to CPD as some of these expenses qualify for tax relief for medical professionals in the UK.
Since tax rates and thresholds can change annually, medical professionals in the UK should regularly review their tax liabilities and seek professional advice to ensure compliance with current tax regulations and optimize their tax position. Also, do not forget to keep all records of your income and expenses along with other transactions to maintain tax compliance.
At CoreAdviz, we understand your tax needs. Hence, we offer tailor-made solutions to help you achieve your financial goals. Contact us now to learn how we can keep you unburdened in your stressful medical journey.