RCSEd Obtains Tax Relief for Specialty Fellowship Examination (FRCS)

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04 Jan 2018

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is pleased to announce that, following negotiations between the College's Trainees’ Committee and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the College has been successful in obtaining agreement for trainees in the ten surgical specialties to claim tax relief on the examination fee for the Specialty Fellowship Examinations (FRCS).

HMRC has confirmed in writing to RCSEd that in circumstances where an individual is employed on a training contract as a speciality trainee, and the individual pays for the Speciality Fellowship exam fees themselves, they will qualify for a deduction of the Speciality Fellowship examination fee against their earnings from that employment. This is on the basis that successful completion of the Speciality Fellowship exam is a requirement within a speciality training contract. 

The initiative to approach HMRC follows the RCSEd Trainees’ Committee’s successful negotiation to obtain tax relief for the JCST fee, paid by all Core and Higher surgical trainees. This year’s negotiation was spearheaded by  Mr David Riding, Trainees’ Committee Member, Vascular Surgery Trainee in the North West. Speaking about this new agreement, Mr Riding said:

“As trainee surgeons we are all too aware of the increasing personal costs of training. In that context I am delighted that we have been able to secure tax relief for the FRCS exam. This will significantly reduce the financial impact of entering the exam, and is a great example of how the RCSEd Trainees’ Committee  works tirelessly to represent the interests of our Members."

RCSEd President Professor Michael Lavelle-Jones added:

“I am delighted to see the successful completion of this initiative led by the College’s Trainees’ Committee, which will be of benefit to all trainees across the country irrespective of their affiliation. The timing is perfect and reflects our commitment going forward to do all that we can to ease the financial burden upon our trainees.”

You can read the confirmation letter from HMRC by downloading the document here.


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is the oldest surgical corporation in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 professionals in over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its interest in education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. Find RCSEd on Twitter www.twitter.com/RCSEd and on Facebook www.facebook.com/rcsed

The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk. In March 2014, a new base opened in Birmingham, catering to the 80% of the College’s UK membership who are based in England and Wales.

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