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Unbelievable client idiocy

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Client gave me an HMRC letter, which complaied about him not paying PAYE/NIC for 6 months. It further stated that they will cliam a refund of his Furlough Grant if he didn't pay up in full

Client " I thought they deducted the due PAYE/NIC from the grant before they paid it "

Me " Why was the grant the equivalent of the gross 80% pay you made. What are you going to do about it ??"

Client " I'll pay it out of the £50K Bounce Back Loan I was given"

The above scenario is wrong on so many counts I've given up calculating

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By lionofludesch
14th Aug 2020 13:57

Nothing unbelievable about that.

I've seen bigger "misconceptions".

There's a lot of gormless folk around.

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By Paul Crowley
14th Aug 2020 13:59

HMRC state that the full furlough must be paid to the employee on every claim. It did not say you were allowed to stop tax and NI on it.

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By zebaa
14th Aug 2020 14:02

And I would not be surprised if the £50k loan went 'bad' either. Sigh...

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By Richard Grant
14th Aug 2020 14:40

I had the same conversation last Friday. They were shocked when I asked them why they hadn't been paying PAYE monthly. The solution was exactly the same.

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By the_fishmonger
17th Aug 2020 09:50

Had one of these gimboids too.

I politely asked why he thought he'd received an email every month telling him to pay the PAYE/NI with the amount and bank details. You know, like every month for the past 5+ years.

The client replied that he thought everything was on "that holiday that they [Gov] announced". Turns out he hasn't paid June VAT either for the same noble reason.

Why do we bother?!!

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By JD
14th Aug 2020 18:15

Wait until Monday.... you will get a call with an added joy, before the client is convinced enough to commit the pen to the cheque book.

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By lionofludesch
19th Aug 2020 17:28

JD wrote:

Wait until Monday.... you will get a call with an added joy, before the client is convinced enough to commit the pen to the cheque book.

Cheque book !!!

How quaint.

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By Paul Crowley
19th Aug 2020 22:24

Still get at least 10 a month.
Tempted to increase all cheque and credit card payers £10 extra as compensation for admin cost.

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