The plumber who came in from the cold

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I hope you all haven’t forgotten your plumbers (which for the purpose of this exercise includes gas fitters and heating engineers, though in the days when I taught Liberal Studies the gas fitters were the crème de la crème and would not have mixed in such company). The 31st of May is the date by which they must register to obtain the reduced penalties

It is very noticeable that the Plumbers Tax Safe Plan has been wholly unmentioned by the media since a little flurry on 1 March, so quite a lot of people will have forgotten all about it. Then at the other end of the scale you have HMRC’s booklet on it, which runs to 33 pages, which rather suggests that it is aimed at professional advisers rather than tradespeople  – though of course the pe...

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16th May 2011 11:54

Using GasSafe (formerly CORGI) as a registration mechanism

The problem with using GasSafe (formerly CORGI) as a registration mechanism is that all it takes is for some enterprizing young gent to start producing duplicate GasSafe ID's based upon the registration information.

Then your ghost plumber can safely do as many jobs as he likes and either alternate a couple of faked cards or simply swap them after a couple of months to prevent detection.

If HMRC do start checking and find that a gas fitter in the Dundee area has been doing jobs all across London (often at the same time as jobs in Dundee), then they'll realise that a spot of Identity theft is going on. However, that would require due dilligence.

What do you think the chances are that HMRC would just start an investigation without revealing the reason and then have the poor gas fitter framed with evidence of undeclared income. I suspect that the chances would be high.

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16th May 2011 15:05

PTSP b****x!

What about those cilents you are certain are up front and correct?  My client has just received one of these letters and is seriously worried in case they made any minor errors which will be jumped on.  If I am confident the client has declared everything do I tell HMRC where to go?  Or is this a red rag to a bull?  If I do get the client to join their petty little scheme, is this tantamount to agreeing that there is something wrong?  Help - advice needed!

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08th Aug 2013 06:19

Plumber have no problem of getting weak to their work because its a scarce to have an opportunity like this especially in a cold range but there's a haendiges plumbing services will keeps you alive to your leaking tube.

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