Member Since: 26th Apr 2007
Director Hurn Limited
26th Jan 2016
We may well find that the quarterly updates/returns are no more than a smoke screen for the Government's true intention of making payments on account quarterly rather than bi-annually. I foresee an option to file quarterly (to reduce POAs) but it being mandatory to make POAs quarterly, improving GO's cashflow
17th Aug 2015
Will dividend tax vouchers show a tax credit of 2.5% from April or will the tax credit disappear altogether?
9th Jul 2015
Dividend Tax Vouchers
Will dividend tax vouchers be required when the 10% tax credit is withdrawn?
5th Jun 2015
Its Working for Him - Be Happy
Why can we not be pleased for and even congratulate a fellow accountant who is doing well. Maybe his approach is not unique but it appears to have been successful. Let's stop snipping and be pleased for him
18th Mar 2015
Good News on Auto Enrolment
Just read in the Pension Regulators booklet "Automatic enrolment will be business as ussual just like RTI.... " That's a relief!
11th Mar 2015
Perhaps AW users could agree the wording for an online petition to have RTI rolled back, scrapped or whatever the consensus is. My view is that is should be voluntary for small business, many would continue using it – but all should have a paper option for items such as Earlier Year Updates which are proving problematic. The claim that RTI is needed for Universal Credit has lost all creditability, thus I would question what purpose RTI is servicing.
If we can get 100,000 signatures it must be considered for debate. Might be an embarrassment the Government would like to avoid before the election
11th Mar 2015
Does the Online Help team Actually Exist?
I took over a payroll last year that requires an Earlier Year Update (EYU) to correct data filed at 2014 year-end. HMRC insist that this can be done online but I cannot see the option on my dashboard. I have phoned the helpline numerous times over the past week, holding for very long periods of time. It doesn't matter what time of day or night I call they simply never answer the phone. Sage Payroll doesn't appear able to file the EYU as it requires a negative adjustment. Meanwhile HMRC threaten to recommence collection action for alleged payroll debts that they know to be inaccurate.
I fear that I will be forced to join the growing trend of outsourcing payroll as the time being employed managing the various issues that contributors have mentioned above can't normally be billed to the client but is taking a large number of hours out of my working week. But I wonder whether payroll bureaus will be able to serve small 1-5 employee companies at an affordable rate and even if they can the coding and inaccurate demands for payment from HMRC are likely to land on my desk
It's hard to think of a bigger business deterrent than RTI - HMRC appear to enjoy the new powers it gives them to demand that the employer undertakes work on their behalf, often to correct their own failings.
If the Government really want small business to thrive then RTI must go
5th Mar 2014
Temper, Temper 68fw
4th Mar 2014
Going forward it is important that akin to a night club doorman, we are selective as to the new clients we accept. Much easier to deny entry than have to evict later
25th Nov 2013
We had success with one previously stayed behind HOK
Even though our client had remitted PAYE each month he never considered himself, as a director, to be an employee and subsequently did not file a P35. The FTT accepted that he had made an honest mistake and presumably felt that it would be unfair to punish him for this. The penalty at stake was £900.
We note that HMRC attempted to prevent our client having a personal hearing on the basis that the initial appeal was a made on the basis of Hok. The hearing as allowed and the client successful, perseverance will always be required when challenging HMRC