Member Since: 3rd Jul 2009
12th Jul 2021
Jennifer Adams wrote:
Before I ring HMRC and spend hours on the phone trying to get through can anyone else confirm Tornado and Sam's comment that clients will have to wait until Oct to get their refund?
I have two clients texting every day asking for the whereabouts of their CIS refunds and they are getting pretty desperate especially as 'all their mates' received their refunds within days of submission in April.
Mine were submitted 1st week May.
Also... one CIS client has admitted that he innocently declared the wrong amount. Do I submit an amended return with the correct amount which will mean client going to the end of the list for refunds or do I wait and let HMRC send an amended calculation?
I was also told October by HMRC when I rang for an update.
29th Jun 2021
Ian McTernan CTA wrote:
Certain jobs should have it as an absolute minimum to continue in their jobs, and that is those in the care industry. I fully expect insurance companies to insist on this in future or deny cover- as there is a clear case for lawyers to persue should a resident become infected and staff have refused to be vaccinated.
As for the general population, it's not YOU that you get the vaccine for, it's your fellow humans. If you don't give a ^&%& about others and only think of yourself, then you won't get it. If you consider it part of your duty to others, then you will have had it (medical exemptions excepted).
Those saying it's none of their business if their staff have been vaccinated or not are burying their heads in the sand: you are leaving yourself open to a pretty huge claim not covered by your insurance if one of your staff gets infected by another or one of your staff spreads covid during their work hours.
Of course the woke amongst us will say it's all about personal choice and ignore the fact that it's a spreadable disease that affects others and defend that person's right to infect and kill others as long as they can only consider themselves and be utterly selfish.
I suspect opinions on this may also be coloured by how many people you know have died from it and how they caught it...
IMO this is scaremongering. You cannot force office staff to have a vaccine. You cannot get sued for not making someone have a vaccine that you cannot legally enforce.
I agree with the workers in the NHS having it for example but an office?? Really?
I respect your view but totally disagree with your logic.
Covid is serious no doubt to a very small % of people and any deaths are tragic......but it is not like it is ebola. My wife is a nurse and so I'm not blinkered to the cold harsh reality of this as she worked in ITU at the heights of all this.
29th Jun 2021
I am fortunate in that every one of my employees has been in the queue for vaccines as soon as they were eligible. I have not insisted that anyone share their vaccination status with me but they all have done so voluntarily by telling me that they were going for it. Had any decided not to take it or not to tell me, I equally would not have forced them to.
We have to live in a world where we assume that we can catch it from anyone and that anyone who has been vaccinated could be one of the unfortunate ones who did not gain immunity for whatever reason. So we all have to be responsible for our own actions and assume that any contact that we have with any other person could result in infection. Our own personal attitude to infection, within the current Government guidance, dictates whether we choose to wear a face covering even in situations where we are not obliged to, whether we limit the number of people that we interact with outside of work in order to minimise our potential impact on the risk of infection within the workplace, etc. As employers, we have to assume that everyone could be inadvertently coming in to the building infected and risk assess accordingly. I know for a fact that some people in our office do regular lateral flow tests and some don't. I am not going to insist that people do them anymore than I am going to insist upon vaccination. Would I ask a new recruit if they were vaccinated? I'm not sure at this stage.
Based on your logic, we had better not ever ever ever come into contact with anyone else in our life. Just in case, they have covid. Then we had better not touch anything that anyone has ever touched just in case.
The risks after the vaccine are surely so small as to not even be an issue.
I think you are being a little over cautious to say the least.
29th Jun 2021
I cannot see any possible way that a firm would be able to insist on an employee being vaccinated.
I also think it would be crazy if staff would even consider not going to work if a member of staff was not vaccinated- surely this is not an issue?
If over 80% of the adult population are vaccinated then surely the risks are so small now that we almost don't need to worry about the non vaccinated.
15th Jun 2021
When you say trebled, how much are you talking? I mean, were you paying a crazy low price before?
1st Jun 2021
I totally agree. Cleverly designed contracts don't change the fact that these schemes have no commercial substance other than to defraud HMRC.
I know one of the expromoters of a massive scheme like this that was picked up by hmrc a few years back. Isle of man scheme too. All seemed great at the time, too good to be true in fact. The 2 existing partners of my firm outvoted me to not get involved- they were so right. At the time I was pretty inexperienced and almost got duped by the spiel. Learnt a valuable lesson all those years back as that could have had serious implications for us.
19th Jan 2021
I was told that the agent line is just answered by the same ones who answer any other caller. This is the reason we are all having to wait so long to get any call answered.
The amount of time we have spent this year on furlough claims, furlough advice, researching for grants and communicating these with clients, speaking to clients on how they will survive etc has been huge. We are considerably behind compared to previous years and so a lot of tax returns will be late.
I can't see the logic of HMRC forcing everyone to appeal a penalty that is going to be reduced anyway. Just waiver them for 3 months.
Even companies house have done it and they never budge on penalties.
I predict an announcement next week to confirm this. Just saves huge amounts of work for everyone.
18th Dec 2020
If there was less work at the time due to covid 19 and they put staff on furlough then I personally can't see the issue with using the scheme.
There was no requirement to have profits below a certain figure to be eligible so I think it's unfair to expect them to pay it back.
1st Dec 2020
I worked for a firm a number of years ago where the boss ran the office like a dictator. Lots of pressure was put on staff and we were always stressed in case we were called into the office. Time sheets were the holy grail and anytime you exceeded the hours on a job you needed to explain on a note why. It was also frowned upon to be in the office later than 8.30 and leave before 5.30.
I see him now and again and he seems like a decent chap but his leadership skills didn't impress me.
Although for a small practice, it was probably the most profitable around as their fees were sky high. The clients had no idea what was going on in the office but they were treated like royalty.
Many staff voted with their feet and in 2 years, 12 people left. Quite a number when the full team was made up of of around 10 people.
14th Oct 2020
I have heard of multiples of small Ltd companies planning on dissolving their ltd companies shortly. This is after receiving and spending the BBL's.
They all believe that they will get away with it.
Now, as the directors have taken a dividend in effect, I'm guessing we have a money laundering report to make on any of our clients who do this and refuse to include it on their tax return. I hope HMRC look at the directors of all the ltd companies that get dissolved and have taken as BBL.. At least then they will probably get 32.5% of it back.