HMRC has announced that a specialised telephone service and mobile face-to-face visits for those who need extra support in dealing with their tax affairs will soon be available nationwide following a seven-month pilot, explains Simon Sweetman.
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Simon Sweetman was an inspector of taxes for 18 years. He left the Inland Revenue in 1989 to join Chartered Accountants Scrutton Goodchild & Sanderson, later part of Scrutton Bland, where he was successively a senior manager and later a partner. He has been an independent consultant since 2001. He is a former member of the tax policy unit of the Federation of Small Businesses and the small business working group of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
A young lad came to my door this week carrying a bag of overpriced household articles, explains Simon Sweetman.
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) continues.
Any tax changes in 2014 will be driven by two things: The imminence of a general election and, a very poor second, the state of the economy, says Simon Sweetman.
Recent revelations about state surveillance prompt a bout of ontological reflection from Simon Sweetman.
In his autumn statement the Chancellor was very bullish about the number of new businesses created. But Simon Sweetman is not quite so optimistic.
How would you like to carry on a trade here in the UK and pay no tax on it? Like, legitimately, not just by forgetting to tell HMRC about it, asks Simon Sweetman.
George Osborne, they say, is considering charging capital gains tax (CGT) on the sale of UK owned assets (particularly real estate) by non-residents, says Simon Sweetman.
Hundreds of thousands of families losing child benefit payments this year need to "get off their backsides" and fill in extra forms to avoid being fined by the taxman, the head of HMRC has said.
None of us can of course be truly free until the last landlord is strangled with the guts of the last priest, but that looks a little way off yet, so perhaps some interim measure is called for, says Simon Sweetman.