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Fixed fee quotes
You do have to be really clear with fixed fee quotes as to what's included. And what isn't. If you're doing a set of year end accounts you can quote for that but say that quote doesn't include any bookkeeping you need to do if the records aren't up to scratch. I know this won't work for you now but if you can get this into your quotes in the future it may give you an option to agree with the client that you need to charge more.
Not so fiendish
OK I guess that could arise. Thanks for pointing it out.
Its just that, with £2k+ Capex being claimable under FRS and also pre-reg input vat this scenario had never occured to me.
That's pretty much it. It worked out better in this case for the client to hold off joining the FRS for the first quarter. Very low turnover expected and an opportunity to recover VAT on some things that wouldn't qualify on the capex side of things.
Me and my great ideas. It's caused nothing but trouble!
Thanks everyone for you comments. I'm hoping that HMRC will see sense. Another email sent today. I think we've been a victim of 'computer says no'. What HMRC have done is put the client on the FRS on 1 Sept and taken them off on 2 September rather than do what we asked - which was to not put them on at all.
The client clearly has not operated the FRS although a true pedant may argue that the should have done - for one day.
At stake is approx £2,000 per quarter. The way HMRC have done things they will suffer for 3 quarters - so £6,000 in total.
I'm reluctant to prepare a return on the FRS when HMRC have been clear that the client cannot operate the scheme (no matter how wrong I think they are). I think it may compound the problem should HMRC not eventually back down.
Thanks FRS for the suggestion. The business is registered as a result of the original application - and it needs to be due to exceeding the threshold. We've no grounds for cancelling the registration so I don't think this is an option.
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Do just that. Running a company through a personal account isn't ideal but what's done is done. A three month period won't be a major problem. Make sure your business and records show all the income and all the expenses that went through your personal account and not just the net figure you transfer across.
I'm the OP. We had another 1* review from a lady we'd never heard of. I put a comment saying that we didn't know her and hadn't done any work for her but if she was unhappy with us in any way then to let us know and we'd do everything we could to sort out the problem. She replied to say she had no idea why the review was on there as she'd never heard of us either!! I replied saying if she thought it was a mistake she could delete her review - which she did. Problem solved.
Thank you all for your contributions and thoughts. The 'culprit' has now deleted their review after I posted a reply to thank them for their 1* review and their interest in our firm.
I don't think FB used to let you see who had posted the reviews. I'm not sure if things have changed recently but it was obvious who it was when I looked. I'm pretty sure they thought it was anonymous when they posted it.
The firm/principal concerned are very into their value based pricing - make of that what you will. :-)