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Malta Business Weekly - - 4/11/2004

MORE THAN HALF OF PRACTISING DOCTORS INVESTIGATED BY TAX COMPLIANE UNIT

Charlot Zahra

The Tax Compliance Unit has investigated around 400 of the 700 practising doctors in Malta. The Medical Association of Malta (MAM) described this as "singling out" of the profession.

Speaking to The Malta Business Weekly, MAM secretary general, Dr Martin V. Balzan, said: "It is not fair that the TCU is singling out doctors".

He said around 100 doctors "either do not do private practice at all or do a very minimal amount. And these people have to explain why they are earning so little."

"TCU has wasted a lot of money and energy to harass and almost intimidate people who declare everything and earn little. It is an unproductive exercise, because these people cannot increase their income. They are raising false expectations.

"You cannot pretend that these people co operate with you, because they are getting very anxious for no valid reason" Dr Balzan said.

He said the criterion used by the Tax Compliance Unit in investigating should not be the profession. "It Should be the extent of the difference between what you declare and what you spend."

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MAM - " SINGLING OUT OF DOCTORS SEEN BADLY BY THE MEDICAL PROFESSION"

Asked whether MAM condoned Tax Evasion, Dr Balzan said that the TCU should do its duty, but it should do it with all those who are not salaried. There are tens of thousands of self employed and thousands of businesses"

"I do not exclude that there are persons in the MEdical Profession who need to declare more." he said "every person should see his individual position".

However Dr Balzan insisted that "singling out doctors is seen badly by the profession because it is open to a lot of interpretations."

Dr Balzan questioned parliamentary secretary Tonio Fenech's defence that eventually everybody will be called to the TCU.

"With the rate the Tax Compliance Unit is working, we calculated that it needs around 200 years to investigate everybody," he said.



 
 
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