Member Since: 6th Feb 2013
23rd Jun 2020
Interesting responses which I don't disagree with. However, why is it whenever I send a professional clearance letter or a query to solicitors asking for clarification on matters they had previously dealt with, and well within 6 years, they always reply 'Sorry we no longer hold those records'.
The best was of course a firm of solicitors, who replied very promptly advising me that the solicitor who had dealt with the matter had left the firm (3 months ago), all their files were password protected and apparently no-one knew the password. So thanks for playing but no details would be forthcoming!
20th Aug 2019
A hamster's average life span is 2 years, a cats 14+ therefore always opt for the hamster, you will get an extra 6 days off on compassion leave for the duration of your cat lifespan.
Obviously if your cat eats the hamster, you will get additional days off!
Finally you can always play the 'a year in a dog's life is the equivalent of 7 human years', therefore multiply your compassion day off by 7.
12th Jun 2019
I've just found out how to do this. I had exactly the same problem as Judith.
NB You cannot do this via your existing Government Gateway ID login, you have to do it via this route. HMRC MTD helpline cannot explain why
but the chap I just spoke to knows that this is the only way around it.
The solution is as follows:
1. Close down your internet browser and restart.
2. Go to Gov.uk homepage
3. In the Search box type in Agent Service Account
4. Select second option on the search results of 'Sign in to your agent services account'
5. Sign in now using your new ASA Government Gateway ID
6. Select the 3rd option in Client Authorisations i.e Link your current Self Assessment and VAT clients....
7. Select Start Now
8. Sign in using your old government gateway user ID
If you have already linked your ASA to your client list you will get an error message stating that this User ID is already linked to your ASA.
Job done!! Best of luck and a stiff drink if you manage it.
Apologies if this is a bit late, but I hope it helps someone else trying to check this issue.
3rd May 2019
I took on a new client from a previous ICAEW 'accountant' who just took the figures provided by the client, no questions asked. When I received his last prepared accounts and TB, I couldn't reconcile half the figures, so I thought I would start with the basics. The difference between his closing bank reconciliation and my opening balances was wildly different - the reason, he had only 1 bank account, I had 2 bank accounts for the company!
So I dropped them an email asking why they hadn't reconciled the 2 company bank accounts, and more to the point why hadn't they even reconciled properly the bank account showing on their TB? Answer, 'that's all the client gave me'. Well that was true for me, but when you came across inter-company transfers, that rather gave you the clue that there were other company bank accounts present. I asked the client and lo and behold the extra bank statements for the missing account were provided, although the client did ask why I needed them, since their previous accountant had never needed them!!!!
We ended up involving our glorious Institute, who sided with incompetent accountant No 1, justification from the ICAEW was that the client hadn't provided all the bank statement, so the fault lay entirely with the client. In their words, accountant No 1 had done nothing wrong.
Clearly the lunatics are now in charge of the asylum. Surprised I wasn't struck off for the temerity of trying to get the correct figures in the accounts!
4th Mar 2019
Just read Tim Good's excellent article in Accounting Web 24/10/2016 it addresses all the issues.
21st Feb 2019
Taxcalc is very good and easy to use.
If you know what you are doing you can opt for HMRC pages, if you are not so certain you can opt for Simple Step which guides you through the process. And you can flip between the two options.
1st Feb 2019
Definitely go with the MCOL but beware even a judgement in your favour whilst easy to achieve, is only part of the job.
I recently used MCOL for a client who owed me double what you are seeking to recover, I received the judgement in my favour and still no sign of any Wonga. I opted for an attachment of earnings and then had to deal with the relevant court bodies to action that.
That is not so easy; civil service bureaucracy at its finest. You cannot get through on the telephone they are simply too busy, and one court division will not speak to another. Considering I actually had the P60 for the individual concerned, her NINO, her DOB, payroll number, Employer PAYE ref you would think it would be a doodle but it wasn't.
It took another 6 months before the money finally started rolling in. I naively thought that I would get paid in one wage run, but oh no a judge knew better. Despite her monthly gross salary of £6k, and her rental income from a BTL property in London, Justice Numpty thought that she would only be able to afford to lose £600/month so it has taken 4 months to finally get there.
The company payroll paid the money electronically to HM Courts and Tribunal Service every month and it took them a staggering 24 days to issue a cheque and send it on to me. They don't do electronic transfers, so the final furlong can be a bit of schlep.
Best of luck but worth the journey.
21st Nov 2018
Just get KPMG to audit and review the accounts, unlikely they would find any going concern issues!!!
Company might want to consider changing it's name to Carillion Mark 2.
24th Sep 2018
I think it means HMRC cannot be bothered to chase, but if HMRC staff do nothing it flags on a performance report, so by entering 'Not currently being pursued' it disappears. Hearty backslaps, chocolate biscuits with their morning coffee and hopefully no-one will notice at the relevant HMRC office!
I have a client who was made bankrupt a few years ago, they disappeared literally for years and then decided to gets their tax affairs in order. HMRC were so surprised that even when we filed the missing tax returns they refused to accept them. Despite that, I advised the client to pay what was due. HMRC then tried to refund the credit on their account to the client. A couple of months later another letter arrived advising us that we had failed to filed for earlier years and this was a heinous crime and we should rectify the matter forthwith.
Another 'phone call to the idiots to tell them that we had already filed them, they had refused to accept them and also wanted to return the tax paid. So they had all the information and tax returns in their possession perhaps they could just have a proper look at the clients file.
They have finally agreed to accept most of the filed returns but not one particular year. They have now matched the large credit on account with the relevant tax years, but interestingly ignored the 'Currently not being pursued' penalties, which they eliminated by means of a credit to the tax overview.
I have given up wondering what they are up to. If my client is not charged these valid penalties due to the ineptitude of HMRC we have opted to just accept it.
21st Sep 2018
I always recommend changing IFA or mortgage lender; surprisingly enough the problem rapidly disappears at this point in the madness.
No wonder we had a financial crash in 2008 with these idiots in charge of lending!