Member Since: 29th Jan 2002
20th Oct 2016
Wonderful! Come to Cumbria - we are lucky to get anything more than 0.8 mps. And its not just farmers who will not use PCs. Other tradespeople don't need them and are too busy earning money to bother to learn. Why should they? To do their work, they do not need a PC (and mobile signals are often poor too).
Does anybody remember Thatcher's Poll Tax? Obviously, the young people at HMRC don't.
(Very) many years ago (1960s ?), one had to enter "None" or "Not Applicable" in all Tax Return boxes where there were no numbers. We accountants (eventually) protested by not complying and the requirement was dropped. I hope that we can do the same with MTD before it even gets started.
21st Sep 2016
I don't intend to attend any "consultancy" meetings as my nearest venue is 67 miles away (Carlisle). I cannot view any of the webinars because the broadband speed here in Cumbria is too slow. Mobile phone signals are very poor as well.
So HMRC you are welcome to visit me (rather than me visit them). I can then show (and introduce) them to clients who are too busy in the tourist season or dry(ish!) weather to do any book-keeping. They do it when the tourists have gone and winter has set in and before they get away to sunnier climes for Winter. Their "books" are often a bag full of papers which they give to me to prepare their accounts (once a year!)
So, how will I and my clients deal with HMRC's daft idea of MTD? It might work for "switched on" larger businesses. It won't for small businesses who provide a good service in rural areas and don't want to have to buy expensive equipment (laptops, mobile phones, accounting software) because they cannot justify the purchases economically and don't want to waste good earning time keeping HMRC happy.
17th Aug 2016
Jim, come up here to Cumbria. But don't bother to phone me on my mobile because I don't get a signal (Voda or O2). I might not get your email either because I am lucky if I can get more than 0.8mps and it is very unreliable.
Many of my clients still use carrier bags to keep their records. Locally, there are no supermarkets but lots of small shops who don't have to charge for carrier bags (<250 employees).
Many of my clients are too busy working and making money (and paying taxes!). They are not book-keepers and don't want to be (and are not capable either). They pay themselves a "wage" every week (which I treat as drawings). They are good at their jobs though and sometimes work for cash (and record it (?) in a receipt book) because it is easier than trying to get to a bank (3 closed in the last year) with cheques.
The Government goes on about how important small businesses are to the economy. Yes they are and are profitable and pay taxes. These proposals will close down many small businesses or reduce their taxes (due to less work being able to be done due to having to "wash your shirt every day").
So the message is (as someone has said already) .. one cap doesn't fit all and won't. Get real!
1st Apr 2016
A new reason for appeal?
In future, e.g. late RTI's, can I too use the reason (excuse) of "lack of resources". Maybe "lack of resources" should be added to the content of "reasonable excuse". What's good for the goose should be good for the gander!
10th Mar 2016
Who are these idiots? Oh! I forgot, we elected them (maybe). But then what were the other choices? How many of those in power have any idea what happens at the grass-roots? They do not realise who makes money for the country.
7th Mar 2016
Let's get back to the Imputation System
The Imputation System was devised after much worthy discussion in the early 1970s. Chancellors since then have ignored (or simply do not understand) the original concepts - that it is the individual who pays tax - companies pay tax in advance for those individuals who own the companies (hence (what was) the tax credits). The OTS are now suggesting that the imputation system should be reversed but the rationales change as a result.
27th Jan 2016
I shall be on holiday!
It's very sneaky arranging meetings for early January and February and shows just how out of touch HMRC are. Or, are they intending to say that as not many accountants turned up at the meetings this must mean that accountants are in agreement with the proposals or, at least couldn't be bothered to comment. After a heavy workload in January and having flooded in December, my wife would like me to take some time off in February - and I shall be.
Working Together? - Bullshit!
11th Jan 2016
And the Question was ...
What does 9 times 6 equal? But do HMRC know why it equals 42?
5th Jan 2016
Me too- one metre under
I work from home and that and my office just outside was 1 metre under water on 06/12/15. The house we have had to move into has only just been connected by BT both for a landline and broadband (and dongles didn't work either) despite them saying that they would be helping businesses affected by flooding (their call centre in India didn't know anything about it). Are BT the new HMRC?
As soon as I got broadband yesterday I filed accounts and returns due 31/12/15, and RTIs for December. If HMRC or Companies House make life awkward, I shall send them photos of the wreckage which Desmond caused and use the excellent services of our local MP Tim Farron. HMRC should accept "reasonable excuse" and Companies House have assured me that they will be lenient. For any unpaid taxes or penalties if they insist, their bailiffs are welcome to come and clear the rubbish from our front door (Skip prices have gone up from £200 to £700!).
Hopefully, I will hit all my deadlines for 31/01/16 but, if I don't then I shall claim reasonable excuse.
30th Nov 2015
And no future exemption for micro-employers filing RTI
HMRC can take a very long time to answer the phone and 3 months to answer letters. But they still don't understand the practicalities of having to file RTI "on or before" the pay date. I provide ready reckoners for some clients as to how much to pay their employees per week beased on hours worked. They send me the figures on Friday/Saturday and I file the details on Monday (if I am not away that day!) and claim reasonable excuse as a micro. This stopping of the exemption will cause many (unnecessary) problems.
HMRC are not fit for purpose. When will they help us to help them?