I am sure that if the tax office objected to the "pretty close" position then surely the MPs would point out that "pretty close" is perfectly acceptable and not a reason for charging interest and penalties, wouldn't they, Ms Maria Miller?
An Increase in NIC by any other name
No-one has mentioned the increase in employees NIC by 1% (increasing to 5%) as well as the increase in employers NIC (AKA payroll tax) by 1% (increasing to 3%) as a result of the alternative state retirement pension funding (Workplace Pension!) currently being introduced.
As far as you can spit? You can't trust politicians as far as you can dribble.
Perhaps Mr Mitchell could look into Companies House?
As a practising accountant we have all had situations when companies have taken the £10 route to dissolution and thus getting rid of debt, usually to resurrect themselves in a different guise. Fine, unless HMRC object. Companies House will then halt the process. Anyone else object? Tough titty! Companies House just ignores you. A case of one rule for rulers and their lackies and another for everyone else!
Now. How about a human answering the phone?
Any taxpayer wanting to contact HMRC (HM must shudder everytime someone puts her name to this inane organisation) has to sit through over 5 minutes of recorded crap, during which they treat ordinarily intelligent individuals like childish morons. And these are the same people who in the instance they expect to know as much about tax law as the so called experts in their own department.
The only saving grace is that they are better at communication than the IRS in America, but the chimps in London Zoo could achieve that!
I think it's great ........
How silly to hold premium bonds. That is just putting money interest free into the hands of the polits.
Much better to buy lottery tickets. Then at least you are helping fund the health service without having to drive to a hospital and leave your car in a car park for 20 minutes.
As a firm, very little of our mail is delayed unduly or gets "lost in the post". This is probably similar to most people's experience, but I wonder if this also applies to other firms.
1. At least 75% and approaching 100% of "lost" or delayed mail is to Companies House, the government agency that treats it's "customers" with total contempt.
2. HMRC have issued guidance giving some leeway with the postal strike. Companies House have said "Hard luck - get your a**s* down here. Give us your money" (not in so many words but that is their published attitude).
I have often wondered whether the high incidence of lost post to Companies House is due to the contempt shown towards it's "customers". I would not go so far as to suggest that income has anything to do with this, but ........
Equitable LiabilityI have signed your e-petition, but do you really think that GB gives a damn. His main preoccupation at present is to safeguard the exit payments and future pensions for himself and all his other cronies, labour & conservative, who will give up, voluntarily or otherwise, their "seats" at the next election