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Have you all received letters from the ICO re3garding payment of £40.00.

Reading the internet etc. does everyone agree that this seems an authentic letter and should be paid before the deadline in their communication to me?

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
27th Feb 2020 10:14

It depends whether it applies to you or not. They have info in their website about whether you are exempt or liable.

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By Duggimon
27th Feb 2020 10:49

A number of clients have passed these letters on to me. Quite apart from the fact it's nothing to do with accounting or tax, I've been struck by how clear the letters are in stating who they're from, what they're for and what people should do with them. They're only two pages long, I really don't understand the confusion.

Read the letter, follow the instructions. Either register with ICO or tell them you don't need to.

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By Justin Bryant
27th Feb 2020 11:25

For BTL landlords at least it seems reasonably clear that the accounting records exemption applies; otherwise the corollary is that the majority of clients have to cough up merely coz they are legally obliged to hold tax records - which would be bonkers.

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By Duggimon
27th Feb 2020 11:50

I don't think 'being bonkers' has ever been accepted by the powers that be as a reason for not doing something.

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By Accountant A
27th Feb 2020 14:52

Justin Bryant wrote:

For BTL landlords at least it seems reasonably clear that the accounting records exemption applies;

What about all the other paperwork? Right to rent, for example. Do the requirements cover merely holding a name, address and telephone number?

https://www.gov.uk/check-tenant-right-to-rent-documents/copy-documents

Making copies of the documents

When you copy the documents:

make a copy that cannot be changed, such as a photocopy or a good quality photograph
for passports, copy every page with the expiry date or applicant’s details (such as nationality, date of birth and photograph), including endorsements, for example a work visa or Certificate of Entitlement to the right of abode in the UK
copy both sides of biometric residence permits
make a complete copy of all other documents
record the date you made the copy
Keep copies of the tenant’s documents for the time they’re your tenants and for one year after.

Make sure you follow data protection law.

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By SXGuy
27th Feb 2020 12:30

There seems to be no let up with these letters. Got one today for a company that is and has always been dormant. And when filing out the exemption it kindly told me that its exempt for "this year" so presumably I'm gonna get hounded for this company each and every year now.

I also notice they state that even if you just have cctv you have to pay regardless of whether you hold details of the person's you may capture. What a money spinning rip off.

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By Rammstein1
27th Feb 2020 13:05

The cctv one is a joke. I have a client who put up cctv after his factory got broke into and now has to pay £40.

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By johnhemming
27th Feb 2020 13:08

There is an interesting question as to whether holding directors and shareholders information for a dormant company requires some dp registration. I think it could be covered by another registration.

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By SXGuy
28th Feb 2020 19:54

Well if I have to pay £40 to hold the information regarding myself as the director then they can feel free to try and fine me 4k for it.

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By johnhemming
29th Feb 2020 09:48

You probably already have a registration anyway (you should have at least one).

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By bernard michael
27th Feb 2020 14:30

I received 8 today and 3 last week mostly for companies that are dormant but with the RO @ my office.

It takes only a few minutes to answer the query. What is the problem? The ICO is a govt body working more efficiently than most

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By johnhemming
27th Feb 2020 16:51

To be fair to the ICO they phoned me today and confirmed that the info for a dormant company can be held by a different data controller.

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