Anthony G Thorne
Member Since: 13th Jul 2002
26th Oct 2019
Dave Hartnett when at HMRC said it was impossible for any one person to understand the whole of the UK Tax legislation so is it not time to go back to square one and devise a system suitable for the 21st Century. MTS (Make Tax Simple) so we can all understand the obligations.
Micheal Grove suggested that on Brexit VAT be abolished and replaced with a form of sales/turnover tax thus getting rid of all the complex rules and regulations associated with VAT and possibly stamp duty etc.
14th Oct 2019
This I would suggest is another argument for a total reform of the UK tax system in line with MTS (Make Tax Simple) and reducing the reams of complex and archaic rules and regulations starting with the 5 April year end date.
22nd May 2019
I did report to Advertising Standards Authority but they said it was OK and they knew better.
No surprise especially when Anthony Barber a politician said in the House that VAT is a simple tax!
22nd May 2019
It does not help when software advertising suggest that VAT is as easy as ABC.
The software houses have a lot to answer for as they fail to understand how the SME sector works (no two small companies are the same) and if someone suggests that the software will do it for you without the caveat that you need check and carry out a reality check etc. then are miss selling the product.
1st May 2019
Plus QuickBooks says:
VAT as Easy as ABC?
10th Apr 2019
The whole system fails to recognise the need to use common sense and carry out reality checks.
You have to do a risk assessment before you do the job but how do you know what the risks are until you look at what is presented. All they want to see is if you have ticked the boxes based on something you have not looked at.
As all business are different then you cannot have one size fits all solution which is why the present audit rules do not work.
17th May 2018
Disclosure to third party debt collectors breaches the CRCA 2005 s18 on confidentiality. So they, the debt collectors, are potentially in receipt of criminal property.
Also there does not appear to be anybody in DMB who can read as letters them are completely ignored.
11th Apr 2018
The audit has become a tick box exercise to ensure you satisfy the monitoring unit. Also the reliance on planning fails to recognise the need to look at the results of tests and question what else needs to be done. The Law Society and Land Registry commenting on fraud and money laundering are not a tick box exercise but you need to look at it the round. There is a need to question and use common sense and not rely on a rigid process plus the need for experience.
The process needs to be reformed and simplified.
9th Apr 2018
To be really radical how about no VAT but a 0.5% turnover tax on everything sold (this would include rents, property sales but remove stamp duty, insurance remove IPT etc) which would be simple to understand and easy to police. No recovery of input tax, no partial exemption, no zero rated, no outside the scope plus no change to the rate so that the take is based on the bouyancy of the economy.
26th Feb 2018
I would in cases like this ask the Revenue for their statutory authority and I have found they back down when they actually check the legislation to answer your query. Although in one case they sent me the text from a third party guidance note which did not agree with the legislation.