Member Since: 14th Apr 2002
3rd Dec 2020
FreeAgent with a NatWest or Mettle Account? Free and you can hook up other banks at no cost.
Whilst FreeAgent is not a perfect accounting program the evidence is now there that they are investing the resources to make it so
17th Nov 2020
Andrew Web has been in touch from TaxCalc and there is a fix for those of us with BigSur. See this link;
Andrew gave me some interesting background on the problem, but I am sure that other users will be like me - happy to be able to get on with our work
As ever, Big Pluses to the team at TaxCalc
28th Oct 2020
I'm not telling anybody about THAT one - clients would just see it as another excuse to hold back their records!
27th Oct 2020
Why would anyone want an extension to the TEN MONTHS already allowed? We need to get one year done with so that we can get on to the next.
I have started pointing out to our clients that when quarterly reporting comes in, the deadline will be yanked forward a whole 18 months. Now is the time to get ready for that, not 'put off the evil day'
29th Jul 2020
I worked nine years for the Inland Revenue! Although I now get about £200 a week employers pension (very welcome) it knackered my contributions history
Happily I am able to make up the balance to Basic State Pension before I reach 66 in 2022
24th Jul 2020
Does that mean that ignorance is now a defence?
20th Jul 2020
This is what we are now getting;
"The Companies House Enquiries Team has received your email.
A response will be with you shortly.
Please note our opening hours - Monday - Friday 08.30 - 18.00 excluding Bank Holidays
Due to Covid19 and the closure of our telephone lines, we are experiencing extremely high volumes of emails. We are working hard to respond to your enquiries as quickly as possible."
When you close your phone lines, you get more emails - BIG SURPRISE!
14th May 2020
We are Mac users and go to the trouble of using Moneysoft Payroll via Windows emulation (Parallels). The look of the program is old fashioned compared with the clean fresh look of Brightpay (which we could use on a Mac) but it is a classic case of function beating form hands down.
(as an aside, if payroll in Quickbooks is as horrid to use as accounts I would steer clear, but I am never going to find out)
Moneysoft's offices are in Fordingbridge. It's a small company with nice modern offices in a small office park in the countryside - never been in, I visited a neighbouring business. It fits with the image of a small business, comfortable in its own skin that has done something well for donkeys years, like a German Mittelschaft. They never attend Accountex, I suppose because they don't need to
Here's the point, they have not changed the old-fashioned style, but they have dealt with everything thrown at them. It must be a nightmare for payroll programmers when such things as workplace pensions are thrown into the mix, but they perform in every way.
What's more, pricing is fair to payroll processors
.... and what I suppose I like most of all is that you can see the whole history of the year on screen, like the old paper P11. When I ask BrightPay every year about this at Accountex, I get a blank stare.
24th Apr 2020
The problem seems to be specific to new schemes and new employees and, as HMRC just told me, it is to stop people inventing employments to fraudulently claim.
We have had (after teething problems) no problem claiming where we have shown Nil under RTI all year then annual pay. We have a problem where a new employee joined in March and where we had a new scheme for which we had not happened to have filed any RTIs yet.
In the latter case we were victims of circumstances. The company was formed in June 2019 and we did not rush to register a scheme (director only) as we could expect to clean this up at the end of the Tax Year. This we did, we got the references before 19 March but could not get agent authority in place before then. Even if we had, I probably would not have filed the RTI until the end of the month and could not have anticipated the rules of the furlough scheme.
In an ideal work the legislation would allow HMRC discretion in genuine cases, but I suppose HMG thinks this would stretch resources too far.
Mind you .... there must be some over-ride to account for merged schemes, which are provided for in the rules, so perhaps Martin Lewis can get us some wriggle room?
24th Apr 2020
Could someone please supply a link to the legislation? Is it primary legislation (requiring an Act and the Queen's signature) or is the implementation delegated to ministers?
I guess the latter, since they already changed the date, and in that case it would be east to unlock