Member Since: 2nd Oct 2013
15th Nov 2017
Yes, the council tax bands really need to be revised.
I live in in the Chilterns and a 4 bed house in my village (Band G) pays £2,817 pa. The sprawling estate down the road (Band H - the highest possible) pays £3,380 pa. Recent planning permission documentation shows that the house is able to accommodate up to 60 people when the complete extended family and staff visit! It is ridiculous to tax a five bed house the same as a 27 bed mansion!
(Maybe I am biased - the council have refused to fix the pot holes opposite my house as they are not deep enough yet!)
10th Aug 2017
They do allow landlines too...you just get a call from an American voice reading out your code!
1st Aug 2017
Another quirk of the PTA and company cars is that it does not work correctly at the beginning of a new tax year.
An employee entered a new company car via the PTA in 2016/17. A new tax code was issued the next day, all correctly done. In the new 2017/18 tax year, a tax code was issued that bore no relation to the new company car or old company car.
It turns out that changes made in the PTA are kept separate from P11D supplied information, so the new tax code just ignored the employee supplied information that it had trusted previously. On asking HMRC to change it, they said that they must have a P46car from the employer. Employer was incompetent, had to be informed about what a P46car was and said that they would 'get around to it'. Luckily, once the new tax year commenced, it was possible to correct it in the PTA account.
26th Jul 2017
Hmmm....I am sure that couples often look after their 'other halves' tax stuff.... especially when one is an accountant. I am sure that HMRC have bigger fish to fry...I am saving them a fortune in not having to employ people to answer our telephone queries/letters!
If they come after me, I shall run to the Daily Mail and have one of those 'sad face' photo's taken about how they should be going after big business and not little ole me! LOL
26th Jul 2017
Sorry, I did not mean for clients. I mean only for myself and my partner. As he is employed, I can see much more of the functionalty that the employed tax payer gets. It is a shame an agent can not have the same access.
26th Jul 2017
The personal tax account is getting there! You can add/change P11D benefits mid year, adjust investment income etc.
The most irritating lack, at the moment, is not being able to adjust pension tax relief. Once that is there, I will able to control our tax codes with no phoning/writing to HMRC.
26th Jul 2017
I have already had fun with this via the tax account of my partner. His employer mucked up the FPS this month (long story), so it looked like he had underpaid tax by £1847. He is paid mid-month but is paid for the whole month. HMRC have calculated an in year adjustment but they have calculated the underpayment to be approx. £1,000 more but give no detail of how they came to the figure. A case of “We ‘think’ this, so we will help ourselves but we are not going to show you how we calculated it”. I am not going to look too deeply, as hopefully when the employer corrects their FPS, it will all sort itself out! It almost looks as if the tax has been pro-rated to be recovered over the remaining year, and then the restriction pro-rated again.
What is interesting is the underpayment restriction. It is calculated on a daily basis, so if I log onto is PTA it shows a tax code based at today, then tomorrow it will have an extra day added and the underpayment restriction increases. It does not appear to release this code to the employer each day, so I am assuming it will release a new code to the employer once it ties in to the correct pay frequency.
28th Oct 2016
Ignoring the abilities of clients and accuracy etc., what I do not understand is why they are demanding that everyone has to use cloud based systems. They did not require it for RTI and seem to be happy with desktop payroll systems sending files of data, so why not for MTD?
If cloud was not required, lots of smaller software companies could just build form like apps that would allow everyone to enter their quarterly data from their spreadsheets/ cash books etc. It is the obsession with the cloud that I find so suspicious (for want of a better word!)