With doctors wages falling by up to 30% in 10 years*, combined with the pensions issue for senior doctors, the loss of free accommodation and the rising cost of training for junior doctors, we decided to use our unique skillset to help our colleagues. By empowering doctors to make better financial decisions, we can help mitigate the impact of declining incomes and rising tax bills on our colleagues. Our site is totally free to use. We empower our colleagues in several ways:
Firstly, we help you find a medical specialist accountant or independent financial adviser, handpicked and verified by us and with reviews from doctors like you. They are experts in NHS pensions, GP finances, locum finances and a wide variety of taxation issues. Read here why you need an accountant or independant financial adviser that specialises in doctors.
Secondly, we make it as easy as possible to claim a tax rebate that can reduce the costs of GMC, Royal College fees and examination expenses by up to 40%. Our guides are totally unique, free, and make use of our considerable expertise in this area. The guides are supported by our FAQs and we constantly monitor and improve the guides based on feedback.
The cost of training is rising and the recent Health Education England document on improving junior doctors working lives identified ‘rising costs of developing as a professional’ as a significant cause of low morale. Surprisingly this document did not mention that claiming tax rebates could make training up to 40% cheaper. Unfortunately, a lot of the information provided to doctors to help them claim is out of date and unnecessarily onerous. Most of this information is vague, advises writing letters to HMRC and advises doctors to use “form P87”. The existing guidance often fails to explain the scope of all expenses that can be claimed. Using form p87 is NOT recommended by us as it allows for costly mistakes. It is also NOT necessary to write to HMRC even if claiming exam expenses. Our guides help doctors avoid these mistakes using HMRC’s online Personal Tax Account.
Medics’ Money uses our unique skillset to help doctors reduce the costs for doctors by claiming tax rebates for free and online. We can also connect doctors to our specially selected network of specialist accountants and advisors to empower doctors to make better financial decisions.
As trainees we were exasperated by the costs of training as a doctor and we found that many of our colleagues felt the same. Despite this, we found that many of our colleagues were not claiming tax rebates which could help them claim back potentially thousands of pounds. Back in 2014 we began helping our friends and colleagues to claim tax rebates. Through word of mouth we grew until we had claimed over £300,000 of expenses on behalf of doctors. We realised many doctors were not claiming tax rebates, but as full time NHS doctors ourselves we recognised we couldn’t personally help every doctor. In the wake of the junior doctors’ strikes, several Health Education England reviews identified the rising cost of training as a key contributor to low morale, but surprisingly did not mention the opportunity to reduce the cost of training by up to 40% by claiming tax rebates. Colleagues were overpaying thousands in tax and little was being done to raise awareness and help them. In 2018, updates to HMRC’s Personal Tax Account software allowed us to use Eds expertise to write guides for doctors to claim these rebates themselves online. These guides will allow many more, potentially all doctors, to benefit from our expertise to claim a tax rebate.
However, we also recognised that some doctors need an accountant but struggled to find a good one. This led to them struggling on their own, making costly mistakes such as;
So we began building a nationwide network of reputable specialised medical accountants. We verify each firm and reject any non-specialist accountants that don’t meet our high standards. We developed our website to match doctors to a specialist medical accountant.
We’re very much at the start of our mission, but our aims are:
* – https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/influence/key-negotiations/doctors-pay/annual-pay-review-from-the-ddrb