Member Since: 14th Apr 2002
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
20th Apr 2020
We are having the same with many clients. Actually got through to HMRC on the phone but they have no clue. They did process a claim over the phone (took 35 minutes).
20th Apr 2020
We did not have that problem at just after 8 - must have been fixed.
However being told in multiple cases that long-standing employers had no employees as at 19 March! My wife got through in the phone but they have no answer.
We are wondering whether the system will only work for agents where only have their own online access. If so, nobody said that and we could have been setting this up over the last three weeks!
14th Feb 2020
Assuming that losses are under £10,000, then tell the client to take his accountant to the Small Claims Court. Any solicitor will ask for £1000 up front to open a file and the fees are not reclaimable so you start off a loser. Plus they rub their hands at a sniff of 'litigation' - £100s an hour plus VAT.
Remember that if the other side lawyers up, their fees will be irrecoverable from the client under the same Small Claims rule.
The claim should be easy to frame if it is a matter of late filing penalties and most of the process is paperwork. If there is a 'trial' it will be in a Judge's office - no wigs and gowns. Any half competent person should be able to state their case.
As soon as the accountant receives the claim, if they have PI insurance they must inform their insurer or not be able to claim. The insurer may want to cut its losses and offer a settlement.
The client has a responsibility to mitigate his losses so must not wait around letting things get any worse. So fire the accountant and move on to someone better.
11th Jul 2019
I see that no-one has answered your question, which I found when doing the same search! I don't think that MTD changes the way that "EC Sales Lists" (as they still seem to be titled by their pre-Super State designation) will be submitted.
But the only authority I can find online for this is from Dixon Wilson Chartered Accountants. It would be able to quote an official source when advising clients.