Simon Sweetman's Blog

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.

Latest posts
Apr
10
2

The word is out again, with calls for the tax system to be altered so that taxpayers can understand it: A simple (not to say simple-minded) request.

Mar
26
3

…and worry about something else instead.

Mar
07
2

So now we are told by the VAT tribunal that bridge is not a sport, a decision which gives intense joy to hair-splitters everywhere such as they have not experienced since the great Jaffa Cake wars, says Simon Sweetman.

Feb
21
5

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.

Feb
07
4

A young lad came to my door this week carrying a bag of overpriced household articles, explains Simon Sweetman.

Jan
28
5

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) continues.

Jan
03
19

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.

Dec
16
1

Recent revelations about state surveillance prompt a bout of ontological reflection from Simon Sweetman.

Dec
09
5

In his autumn statement the Chancellor was very bullish about the number of new businesses created. But Simon Sweetman is not quite so optimistic.

Nov
28
18

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.

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