Member Since: 14th Jun 2010
Nothing in this profile is actualy true. Or is it? Who knows, who cares.
17th Jan 2020
Sounds like incompetence in the new firm, and a failed attempt to trying to shift the blame to HMRC.
16th Jan 2020
More like 5pm.
When i was in audit in the late 90's i found myself in a local council office. The person I was speaking to at 4.30pm was getting very itchy feet. by 4.45pm we were the only people seated. Everyone else was standing up, on coats waiting at the door. At precisely 5pm, they filed out of the door. The whole building emptied in this manner on the dot. You could only get hold of people between around 10am and 11.30am (although it was often down tools for a 20 minutes mid morning break) , or 2pm to 4pm.
I have a few clients who work for councils (usually landlords) and they never have any problem taking a call in work time or sending me additional info in work time.
10th Jan 2020
Id "applaud the effort to reduce crime" if it was actually doing that.
The farcical ID checking does diddly squat.
What cuts down crime is fraud officers investigating and prosecuting frauds.
10th Jan 2020
Well the money laundering might be costing billions a year, but does checking client ID of your make one ounce of difference to it?
Spending vast sums of money on complying with every more complex rules which don't stop the thing you are trying to tackle is rather futile.
9th Jan 2020
Bit late in the day given the rules bite essentially from 1st Feb, assuming an end of month bill and 30-40 day payment terms.
3rd Jan 2020
eh? State pensions are not "funded" they come out of current taxation. Ditto civil service pensions.
Whilst some pensioners might be poor, they are certainly no poorer than the unemployed, and at least not treated like scum. There is a big disconnect between the genuinely broke pensioner (who quite frankly must have been a bit feckless to end up with no pension provision at all), and the affluent ones with 2 * state coming in, plus 2 * occupational pensions, own house, no real outgoings. I see no reason why such pensioner should be so sacred a cow (apart from cynical vote buying) . It used to be a certain about of "reward for winning the war" but now its all baby boomers with entrenched wealth, whilst the younger generation get shafted.
3rd Jan 2020
Quick fact check, One of the biggest component of social security spend is not "housing benefit" (about £22bn) but pensions (£160bn)
Housing benefit after all is essentially subsiding low wages paid by big business, and would not be necessary had the nation's council housing been flogged off for a song and an election bribe 30 years ago.
Pensions seem to have highly protected status despite nearly every pensioner I know being pretty well off.
18th Dec 2019
18th Dec 2019
VAT wont go down, the government is going to be desperately short of tax post brexit. The EU does not "take a %", EU funding is based on a complex formula based on the overall size of the UK economy vs the rest of the EU, and has most of that comes back to the UK anyhow there is no "money on the bus" That was a fat lie by leave.
Replacing VAT with a sales tax does not solve the problems with VAT, it just mirrors them into a new system with all the attended transitional issues on the way.
17th Dec 2019
Sounds like my Jan.
We are just finish off our last few returns this week, with a couple half done that will be mopped up in Jan. Friday is last working day, then its a week and a half off with the family & friends.
Our main task for Jan is a client buying another business (only £200k but still needs doing right), a complex valuation for a messy divorce (I hope I don't have to go to court) and some quick results needed for several December year ends.
Then its focus on IR35 changes and transitioning those out and assisting with any appeals against status notifications, and hopefully some new clients coming in with those Jan business ideas to replace some of those out of the door by March.
I don't think doing long hours or working weekends to accommodate people who have been sitting on their hands for 9 months is worth the bother. Id rather work slowly and steadily all year myself than grab an extra £10k in Jan.
But that's the beauty of your own business, both approaches are right for different people.