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The plumber who came in from the cold

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


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Using GasSafe (formerly CORGI) as a registration mechanism    1 thanks

frustratedwithhmrc | | Permalink

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.

PTSP b****x!

juliekpb | | Permalink

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!

Plumber have no problem of

nathaliejones | | Permalink

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.