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Filing SA without paperwork.

Should I decline?

I've been approached by someone to submit their SA return for a new venture which covered 4 months of the tax year.  Although I would have no reason to doubt their figures, I do like to go through paperwork to check myself.  However they want to keep costs low in theoir first year and just want me to submit their figures.  It would be good money for what is essentially less than an hours filing.  Given that there are people who act as a filing bereau only, is it acceptable or should I decline because I haven't seen any paperwork?

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17th Dec 2018 13:51

I would politely decline if they can't let you see their paperwork. Ask yourself why they want you to file their figures and happily paying you to do it. You are adding nothing. They could set up an account and do it themselves and save your fee. i would smell a rat.

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17th Dec 2018 14:52

Don't be ridiculous. Are you an administrative serf or a professional accountant?

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17th Dec 2018 16:00

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It would be good money for what is essentially less than an hours filing. 

Depends if you have a reputation that you think is worth preserving. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

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17th Dec 2018 16:02

I find it amazing that the "here is the number clients" invariable just made it up.

Anyone without workings is normally just guessing.

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17th Dec 2018 16:43

Where does duty of care appear in your rationale ??

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17th Dec 2018 17:39

And people wonder why it's so easy for money launderers.

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to andy.partridge
20th Dec 2018 13:25

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And people wonder why it's so easy for money launderers.

I agree and I would decline the appointment if I was in the OP position however the tax payer can just set up a gateway account and make up the figures on there. Maybe MTD will solve all of this?

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to MissAccounting
20th Dec 2018 13:34

MTD won't solve it if there is no bank account. Even if there is HMRC won't know what the transactions really are.
MTD will not solve any errors for people who are prone to make mistakes, nor will it catch the naughties who will probably have already thought of ways around MTD.

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18th Dec 2018 09:30

Also, what will you do next year when they ask for the same 'forbearance'?

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18th Dec 2018 11:53

Will the rest of your clients be fine with any increased scrutiny from HMRC, should HMRC discover you're filing fictional figures?

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19th Dec 2018 10:36

I don't do "just filing". I like to know my client, what their up to, etc. etc. It's called being an Accountant.

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20th Dec 2018 11:57

Decline - what would your PI say ?

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