Notts GP could face huge fines over alleged tax bungle

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An Edwinstowe GP faces paying thousands of pounds in penalties after allegedly failing to complete his tax returns properly over a three-year period.

The situation was revealed as Dr Wageeh Mikhail of the Major Oak Medical Practice in High Street, Edwinstowe, near Mansfield, appealed against the tax penalties at a First Tier Tax Tribunal at Birmingham.

The HM Revenue & Customs said the matter involved contributions made to a pension scheme and accused Dr Mikhail of being careless over his tax returns.

“He should have had a system – it was a simple error of not passing the matter to the accountant,” said Miss Jay Bartrup, representing the HMRC.

But Mr Simon Robinson, representing Dr Mikhail, complained that the details were so complicated that very few people could understand them.

“It is basically about tax payments expected to be paid in advance of a final salary pension but Dr Mikhail does not even know what the final amount is going to be,” said Mr Robinson.

He said the situation had been made impossible for GPS to make a proper tax return over their pensions and said the NHS should inform all GPs over what should be done.

“Dr Mikhail is an extremely hard working self employed GP who has been left looking after people in in a small town – working until 6.30 pm and then carrying out duties at the hospital,” said Mr Robinson.

“He has very little time and is not expected to know all about accounts and read everything about pensions. Even the British Medical Association has told us this matter is not a big issue.

“Dr Mikhail always gets his tax returns made on time and are accurate. But he did not read everything.”

After a brief adjournment tribunal judge Mr Ashley Greenbank said the two-man panel had been unable to make a decision.

“We will now have to make a decision at a later date,” he said.

Mr Robinson said after the hearing that not even Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne had made it clear what the situation was over pensions.

Dr Mikhail, said to be a popular GP in the town, declined to comment.

Last year the Care Quality Commission said the Major Oak Medical Practice was “good” for effective and caring services and was responsive to patients’ needs but needed to improve leadership.