As we're all aware, HMRC is being leaned on by H M Government to pull in as much tax as possible, as soon as possible. They in turn are leaning on their collection teams to go out and collect the cash from your and my clients.
Life is tough on the front line of accountancy. For more than five years, our intrepid correspondent has been bringing us news and views from a typical West Country practice.
So Danny Alexander thinks HM Government should clamp down on tax avoidance does he? Just what is his problem?
I am amazed how often I hear other accountants and business owners express surprise that the Government doesn't do anything to stem the growth of small and one-man (sorry, person) limited companies.
So the employer's PAYE CD-ROM is about to be deleted, just like a music CDs that didn't sell enough copies!
A couple of months ago I wrote a diary entry that asked what accountants are going to do when the accounting function has been completely automa
I'm on a roll today. I have managed to get TWO clients though the agent registration for online VAT returns after numerous failed attempts. We gave up last quarter and filed a photocopy of a previous return with the dates amended by hand, just to make the point.
Or at least that's what BT used to say.
But once again I have had to deal with a client who was fed up with HMR&C delays in producing a tax repayment and decided to chase it up himself.
Don't look now because they have just updated it - but I noticed on the HMRC website home page last week that the "What's new" section appeared to be offering news of the regional employer NIC holiday announced in the July Budget.
I see over on Any Answers that the going rate for filing a VAT return online for a client is between £15 and £50 per return.
I hope it's not a foretaste of the impending Government spending cuts, but HMRC seem to be less than their usual "efficient" at the moment.