Trainees to save hundreds of pounds on fees

  • Date: 30 May 2013

TRAINEE doctors stand to make big savings on professional fees thanks to a new tax deal.

Mandatory training fees paid by all medical trainees are now tax deductible following negotiations between the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The move means surgical trainees will now be able to claim back against taxable income the £185 a year they pay to the Joint Committee on Surgical Training. The committee manages surgical training for all four UK surgical royal colleges.

Medical specialty trainees will now benefit from tax relief on the £169 they pay each year to the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board. The board is responsible for setting and maintaining training standards for the three UK Royal Colleges of Physicians in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

Previous attempts have been made to get tax relief on the fees but, until now, HMRC had not accepted the costs were incurred compulsorily in order for doctors to do their jobs. Now the fees are included alongside other professional costs such as BMA membership and GMC retention fees which are tax deductible.

The latest tax relief campaign was led by Issaq Ahmen, a trainee member of council with RCSEd, who spent months in discussions with HMRC.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome which will make a real difference to the amount that medical trainees have to pay throughout their medical training."

Find out more on the HMRC website

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