It would also only take them a few minutes to include the 3 year rule in the summary and a bit of developer time to add a question to the calculator 'when did you dispose of your main residence?' and to give the correct result.
I suspect it would take them slightly longer to explain why the rule is there at all. It is most unfair in many circumstances.
I wasn't suggesting it as an argument, as I say a bit tongue in cheek. But really HMRC/Government should at least get their summaries and calculators correct if they want to penalise taxpayers for getting it wrong.
Thanks John, that comment was a bit tongue in cheek, if I know the correct position I could hardly claim innocent error:-) It is clear in the manual, but for a layman just using the gov.uk calculator (no mention of 3 year rule) or 'normal' notes on gov.uk website e.g. https://www.gov.uk/stamp-duty-land-tax/residential-property-rates they would not know there is a 3 year rule. The calculator and notes should be correct, or should clearly indicate that they are not comprehensive, and the user should be referred to manuals and legislation. Only then, if the user is not confident they understand what to do, should it be necessary to seek professional advice.
Thanks - I'm inclined to file Stamp Duty form using Government guidance and calculator, neither of which refers to 3 year rule and wait for HMRC to tell me I'm wrong:-)
Thanks - no CGT, covered by annual exemptions.
Yes, gets it down to about 90 pages:-)
Yes, I tried CCH, but it's long winded. I'd prefer something where you can just tick the boxes. In fact just send them every service under the sun and then ask clients to untick the ones they don't want - clients don't read them anyway, so will never untick:-)
Even I'd be hard pushed to get it on one page, maybe I'll use microdots.
OMG, I need to become an IT consultant to get an accounts and VAT status report! Actually, Digita is quite flaky on our system (LAN with SQL Express), already had a couple of database issues and only had it a few months. Iris seemed more stable (or hid problems better) on same system.
Thanks - you'd think the Digita tracker system would be able to do these simple reports, instead of having to resort to yet another system:-(