By Marcus Leach

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

They were offered a special tax plan - the Tax Catch Up Plan - in October this year. Registering by 6 January 2012 ensures that tutors and coaches don’t lose out on the best terms to disclose and pay what is owed.

The Tax Catch Up Plan is for people providing tuition or coaching, regardless of whether they have a registered qualification. It is aimed at those who profit from tuition and coaching as a main or secondary income, on which the correct tax has not been paid.

The opportunity is available to people teaching traditional academic subjects, fitness and dance, musical instruments, art, life coaching, personal training and other instruction.

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

“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," Marian Wilson, Head of HMRC Campaigns, said.

“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 by completing a notification form - - or by calling HMRC on 0845 601 8817. A dedicated team is ready to help, Monday to Friday, 08:00 until 19:30.

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