Member Since: 14th Aug 2003
16th Aug 2016
I dont think that HMRC are capable of such thoughts ie a post agent world. I just think that the HMRC employees who are charged with producing the Making Tax Difficult Consultative documents are just brain dead arrogant simpletons through and through and completely out of touch with the real world
15th Aug 2016
The tax and accounting bodies should be saying b*llocks to the ill conceived Making Tax Difficult proposals. However they are completely out of touch with practical accounting and tax compliance for individual traders and small companies and are only interested in furthering the interests of the large accounting firms they represent.
The office of tax simplification is a complete joke. Where is their input on this??
Until HMRC senior management are replaced by competent individuals who are sincere about reducing the compliance burden for individual taxpayers it can only get worse.
4th Aug 2016
HMRC never learn from their past mistakes. The headless chickens in charge at HMRC are hell bent on outsourcing everything they can including debt collection, tax credit compliance etc. The trouble is they fail to monitor what they have outsourced and the public at large suffer as a result, either because of abusive practices and behaviours towards taxpayers on the part of those firms to whom work has been outsourced or because the taxpayer is not getting value for money as the firms fail to deliver. Perhaps the title of the article should have been Accenture takes HMRC to the cleaners (again!!)
10th Feb 2016
Anyone with a modicum of intelligence can see that HMRC's proposals are completely impractical and unworkable. In short the proposals are complete b*llocks which havent been properly thought through and without regard to the potential cost and inconvenience to taxpayers at large.
Instead of pandering to HMRC the professional bodies and all tax professionals should cease all cooperation with HMRC on this and all other projects until HMRC wake up and see sense. However it remains to be seen whether the professional bodies have the balls to do so.
10th Feb 2012
I agree with Roland St Clere that Chris Martin's public utterings were wholly inappropriate and that he should have kept his mouth shut and accepted defeat gracefully instead of making such an arrogant statement.
18th Jan 2012
Etical standards -response to Black Knight
Members of professional bodies have ethical considerations which even affect the way these services can be charged..where as non professionals have no rules or standards to adhere to or live up to- SAYS BLACK KNIGHT.
Black Knight you are talking arrogant nonsense. I do not belong to a professional body but do a lot of work for city lawyers and accountants as well as other clients. I abide by the same professional and ethical rules and standards.
There are rotten apples in every barrel be they members of professional bodies or not. You do not have to look very far to find examples of chartered accountants or solicitors convicted of fraud.
2nd Nov 2011
Tudor Capital Management
One assumes that HMRC have good grounds for bringing the criminal charges in this case.
If these individuals are acquitted then heads should roll at the top of HMRC.
There are those who think that some HMRC officers are guilty of cheating the public purse each time they draw their salaries.
1st Sep 2008
Composition of new board
The likelihood is that the new board, like the old board (and the current government) , will be composed entirely of headless chickens.
8th Jun 2005
It might help if I summarised the comments made by Accounting Web members so far, copies of which I have emailed to the taxcalc publishers just to let them know that they are rank amateurs. Who knows, they might actually sit up and listen and get their act together. At present, all they have got going for them is their competitive pricing, but a crap product at any price is still a crap product.
(1) No demo version is available (I was personally assured they would have one available by 5 June). It's plain to see why as no one in their right mind would buy.
(2) They take your money and fail to deliver on time, blaming their ISp (what a pathetic excuse- change your ISP, you dummies).
(3) The software is slow and full of bugs
(4) The software still needs some work
(5) It is a load of codswallop
(6) They haven't got their act together
(7) It is not worth waiting for
(8) It's useless
(9) Their old software tax checker was pretty useless
(10)Their website is unprofessional
(11)They don't inspire confdence in customers
Would you be minded to buy on the strength of the above recommendations? I don't think so.
20th Jan 2005
Intuit's decision to abandon Taxcalc does not add up
I find it amazing that Intuit UK are apparently abandoning Taxcalc. One of the best pieces of software I have ever used. Childsplay to use, quick to produce results, and keenly priced.
With the claimed user base, how come it is not profitable? A pity that they didn't target business users much earlier. The software is streets ahead of much of the competition. Try using Iris, for example, after using Taxcalc, and you'll soon spot the difference, if you don't give up altogether.
If Intuit UK are pinning their hopes on Quickbooks,(an overblown, user-unfriendly software programme, if ever I saw one), then I fear that they are not long for this world.