Tax returns of 145 docs, dentists under scrutiny

For tax evasion, the penalty is more severe and could include going to jail.
For tax evasion, the penalty is more severe and could include going to jail.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The taxman has told 145 doctors and dentists and 32 medical groups that their tax returns are under scrutiny, for reasons such as setting up companies to enjoy a tax break and claiming family holiday expenses.

If guilty of tax avoidance, they will need to pay not just the difference but twice that amount as penalty. For tax evasion, the penalty is more severe and could include going to jail. More than 20 doctors and dentists have coughed up $3.6 million in back taxes since.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2018, with the headline 'Tax returns of 145 docs, dentists under scrutiny'. Print Edition | Subscribe