Member Since: 8th Dec 2009
16th Aug 2021
I work for a niche data analytics company nowadays but was in on the early days of the big accountancy firms helping out the SFO back in the 80s. Things have changed enormously but there is quite a bit of work for data analysts in forensics if that route takes your fancy.
28th Jul 2021
Darn you beat me to it - I was going to suggest enlisting the support of some local youths with too much energy ;)
14th Jul 2021
You say a couple of minor expenses have been paid by a Director. Without knowing what they are, its difficult to advise. The Companies Act 2006 defines exactly what insignificant means in s1169(3). If these expenses aren't listed there then it will be difficult to argue dormancy because size or numbers don't matter - if it is a transaction that needs to be recorded in the company's accounting records (s386), its not dormant. Finger in the air test (not foolproof) was a receipt or invoice addressed to the Company or sent with the Companies address on it?
28th May 2021
According to Radio 4's More or Less it was....
We need a trade agreement with them quick... with small print ;)
(09:48 onwards - 5 min item) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000wc4t
28th May 2021
Must have bought an awful lot of candles - were they hoping to benefit local artists via the 'drip down' effect?
I'll get my hat...
25th May 2021
One of my charities has managed to turn a profit due to the rate-related grants but will definitely be spending what's left next year when they have to put on shows with much lower audiences. They are more than happy to pay the tax though - the money saved them from closing down after nearly 100 years.
25th May 2021
Interesting. I'm a little surprised at ICAEW not supporting the compulsory qualifications route but then I'm ICAS. Your post has prompted me to look up their response here:
They seem to favour service provider regulation and, in amongst the detail of their submission (linked in the above), is an interesting paragraph:
'It would be helpful to have a clear decision on whether some form of regulation of the tax profession is to be introduced or not; it is very difficult, if not impossible, to enforce standards when anyone is permitted to act as a tax agent or tax adviser. We recommend that the long-term aim should be to require that all tax agents should be qualified and should belong to one of the main professional bodies. There should be a transitional period, perhaps involving some form of affiliated status, to allow existing agents to adapt to the change.'
29th Apr 2021
...and my local MP's office has told me that Government is blackholing everything pretty much - to the extent that MPs have made a group complaint.
23rd Apr 2021
I agree - but then I'm a bit long in the tooth as well.
The Horizon thing was bad right from the start because I remember signing a petition in support of our longstanding local postmaster in East Twickenham when he lost his job around 2002? I seem to remember the poor guy had a massive heart attack a while later.
That was when the local MP and newspaper got involved but it puzzled me at the time how it took years for wider support to build so it got to court cases etc.
Imho, anything systematic, like HMRC problems should be raised asap in a coordinated fashion concentrating on cold, hard indisputable facts to give them the evidence of a consistent failure. Could the National Audit Office be worth complaining to, I wonder?
1st Mar 2021
Well books I've enjoyed reading including McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld by Misha Glenny and Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar :)