Hundreds of dentists speak out over tax relief proposals

Posted in David Jacobs | Posted on 1 Oct, 2015

More than 1,000 dentists have had their say on proposed changes to the pension tax relief system.

The controversial reforms, which have been described as “deeply flawed” by the British Dental Association (BDA), have attracted criticism for creating a great deal of uncertainty, particularly among those who have only been in the profession for a few years.

The BDA had urged practitioners to complete a survey, giving their views on how they thought the new regime would affect them.

This week, the organisation confirmed that many hundreds of dentists nationwide had been keen to make their feelings known and that this feedback had informed a response that was drafted in conjunction with other leading professional associations.

By standing shoulder to shoulder with bodies including the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA), the BDA hopes that the response will carry additional weight.

A total of ten associations, representing a workforce of 230,000, worked together to draft the statement.

A BDA spokesman said: “The associations provided evidence showing that current proposals would disproportionately penalise younger savers, and introduce even more complexity, confusion and uncertainty into an already confusing, complex and uncertain pensions system.

“[We] are calling on government to undertake comprehensive analysis of the current pension tax relief system before making any further attempts to reform the system.”

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