An expert has said that dental practices in Lancashire could be forced out of business by a nationwide tax investigation this is set to launch in the North West. HMRC has been writing to the first tranche of dentists as part of their investigation into the employment status, and tax status, of dental associates, who form the majority of the practicing dentists across the country.
If it is determined that these dental associates are in fact employees, as opposed to independent contractors, the practices they belong to will be required to start paying national insurance contributions. One expert, Andrew McKenna, has said that this major new financial burden imposed on the businesses could potentially threaten their financial viability.
He said: "This investigation is initially being rolled out across the North West, and nationally it could have a major impact on thousands of people who work in the dental sector. If HMRC deems that a dental associate who claims to be self-employed is actually a full-time employee, this will incur the payment of NICs by the employer. For larger businesses, these costs would be payable at a stroke - and they would substantial. It is an employer's responsibility to determine the status of their workers and the consequence for getting that wrong can be financially significant."
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