Member Since: 13th May 2016
31st Jan 2020
Any self respecting civil servant who understands the practical problems will leave at the first opportunity and join the real world, leaving behind those that don't and are incapable of understanding the issues. It is a back-stabbing jungle at HMRC and the only way anyone can progress up the ranks is by implementing change for changes sake and then moving on to leave others to pick up the mess. "My design was perfect - it was the your implementation that failed " is the common mantra.
25th Oct 2019
North East Accountant wrote:
I'll not countenance a word said against the OTS and the sterling simplification work they do.
Don't forget they did recommend and get abolished the 15p per day tax free luncheon vouchers.
15p ? I pay my staff 2/6d
9th Aug 2019
One of the hundreds of wasteful project is HS2 (£56 billion and rising) all to reduce travel time between London to Manchseter and Leeds by 15 minutes.
And free up the existing lines to carry more local commuter and freight trains - you didn't say
9th Aug 2019
In a society where food and energy is unrestricted, the purpose of taxation is to delay consumption by the populace. It is just a timing issue. 100% taxation and they die of cold and starvation. 0% and they die of gluttony and alcoholism.
20% and socialists want more for the needy. 80% and capitalists want more for themselves.
Looks like the 33% of GDP we pay at present is about right. When it is collected - on income, spending or death - does not affect the P&L, only the rate of tax does that. Unfortunately governments are spendthrifts operating on a cash accounting basis, so they will naturally look to tax as early as possible (see QIP's).
Pushing the income tax take down the timeline onto VAT, SDLT or IHT only means short/medium term borrowing, to cover the lag effect, will increase.
2nd Jul 2019
Tom 7000 wrote:
£13k costs and no job.... and you'll never work again...
How do costs get so high?
By charging £350 per hour to sit on the committee ?
14th Feb 2019
That's the problem with public finances run on a cash accounting rather than accruals basis. HMRC think that what you get in your hand is your wage. The concept of time and debits and credits is beyond them - look at any PAYE dashboard where payments to them are allocated FIFO regardless of when paid and for what period.
Remember pre RTI when they wanted employers to pay them the Gross+ErNIC and they would pay out the net to everyone - how they would have handled valid stoppages, expense claims, late P45's and the myriad of code number changes would have been very interesting.
11th Jan 2019
I dont think the compalint is about not paying the tax its about making people bankrupt and the like.
Just like the sole trader who spends all his income and then complains when the tax bills and baillifs arrive.
In the EBT case I have, one partner soon started spending his "loan" and is now pleading poverty.
Strangely his FD just put the windfall on deposit and is in a slightly better position. However he is ruing the £300k in fees that went up in smoke. An expensive couple of hundred templated pages of waffle and blather. I am sure the architect of the scheme is duly contrite and will do the right thing !
11th Jan 2019
It is hardly "a scandalous retrospective tax charge".Back in 2009 I warned a client not to enter into such a scheme and that retrospective legislation was a distinct possibility. He thought he would be a minnow in a massive shoal of sharks and HMRC wouldn't have the resources to chase him. Anyone who entered into an avoidance scheme must have been financially sound at the time. They just gambled and lost.
18th Oct 2018
"Let the unsecured creditors pay the bill"
This amoral approach to business is what the honest businesses have to pay for. The tradesmen and unsecured creditors of PV should never have to pay for someone's personal gain. Ripping them off is not what shrewd businessmen do.
Well done Luke Johnson for not going the money-grabbing route.
9th Oct 2018
Well said, WhiteVanMan. We seem to live in a world where nostalgia overides common sense. I'm glad there are enough accountants in this world that believe that the loss of the farrier was the last straw. Not having to [***] (<-ret..ard - how's that for computer political correctness in this computer says no world) the ignition and hand crank the engine to get a car started, a submission to lethargy. As for using machines to write and communicate when a quill pen and shanks's pony are perfectly adequate !!!
Let the Luddites and Pedants prosper so that I can too.