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Online filing is against my religion
Well, not MY religion personally, but apparently there are some people who can use this as a legitimate reason not to file their P35 online next year.
The latest Employer Bulletin magazine says that there are some exceptions to compulsory online filing of end of year PAYE returns, and one of those is:
"employers who are a practising member of a religious society or order whose beliefs are incompatible with the use of electronic communications".
Any idea who they're thinking of? I can't think of a mainstream religious group that could make that claim.
The trouble is, the exemption is a bit short on detail and definitions. For example, is humanism a religion in this context, and if so do it's adherents describe themselves as "practising members"? Could this open up claims for exemption by politically motivated atheists and others who just object in principle to having to use the Internet for government communications?
I can just see one or two of my clients wanting to have a go at this one. The West Country is renown for its multi-couloured mishmash of New Age beliefs and practices. Somewhere out there is a practising pagan sitting in his yurt filling out this week's P11 entries by firelight - I reckon he's going to have a good case for not filing his P35 online next year!