Member Since: 23rd Aug 2015
12th Sep 2019
'Generally I'd avoid free software because, well, it's free for a reason.'
I take the opposite view. I started exploring free (aka open) software many years ago with Irfanview, an image processing system, which has been a wonderful choice. I now look at the open software options when sourcing any new system. I even use it for safety-critical jobs: our motor yacht has OpenCPN as its navigation system and we trust our lives to it. The current version is absolutely as good and solid as Raymarine, Garmin, Furuno, any of the big names. Support if needed (rarely) is readily available via the forum.
I still pay for some software. Every choice is made on its own merits. I would never choose open on principle, but sometimes it's the best choice.
6th Sep 2019
Thanks to everyone who has taken the trouble to reply. Looks like we will be keeping the paper for now.
22nd Aug 2019
There seem to be two problems. The first is expense claims which are not prima facie tax evasion. But if expenses which are not genuine business expenses are being treated as costs which reduce corporation tax and/or they are not subject to income tax in your boss's hands, then these payments do constitute tax evasion. Then there's unequivocal tax evasion, and if I have understood the question correctly the car falls squarely within that category.
Assuming everyone agrees up to this point it seems to me you can't just do nothing. You really don't have that option. You aren't in quite such a bad position as the folks at Patisserie Valerie who have been arrested (and charged? I'm a bit behind with that case) because it doesn't sound as though this fraud is going to bring the company down, but you can't do nothing. So I agree with the others who have advised you to take advice from your professional body, and document everything that happens using email accounts and data storage to which neither your employer nor anyone else has access.
Good luck. I was always blessed with honest bosses when I worked for other people. A very great blessing.
30th Jul 2019
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29th Jul 2019
Thank heaven for Rebecca Cave. My wife and I have been taking Rent-a-Room relief for the occupation of a granny annexe and I had heard about the new shared occupancy test. I was slowly being driven mad by my failure to find it - and now I know why!
I will now double-check that we satisfy the other tests, it's a while since I reviewed them, but meanwhile Thank You Accountingweb, and Thank You Rebecca Cave!
22nd Jul 2019
Interesting topic and likely to become more common. Search for "Digital Nomads" if interested.
28th Jun 2019
27th Jun 2019
Does the recipient need to have 7-Zip on their device? I can't find the answer to that question on the 7-Zip site or anywhere else.
31st May 2019
I agree about the audit trail. First thing I would do is request instructions in writing. Say you want to make sure you have a complete and accurate understanding of what you are being asked to do. Which is true.
Seems to me if you are an employee you must hope your refusal to comply with the request will result in either actual or constructive dismissal, so you need evidence of what you were asked to do for use at the tribunal.
If these clowns are clients I'm amazed you even need to ask the question.
Sorry you are having to deal with this - always nasty having to deal with crooks.
10th Apr 2019
Not sure if this is quite the sort of answer you were hoping for but perhaps my experience may be useful. I am a director of a company which had to spend nearly £1m refurbishing a market hall. Our then Chairman insisted that we must register for VAT so that we could recover the VAT element of the refurbishment costs, even though that meant we had to elect to go into VAT for the licence fees paid by the traders. I can't remember how many years passed before we were eligible to de-register (20?) but when the opportunity arose the board unanimously voted to do so (the chairman had retired by then). I did a back-of-an-envelope guesstimate of what the decision to recover the refurbishment VAT had cost us and it was eye-watering. We would definitely have been better off paying the VAT on the costs. Your client's holiday let conversion can only be let at the market rent. If VAT is charged your clients will lose the amount of the VAT every year. Time to get the envelope out and do a forecast!