Dummy NI number as advised by employer's helpline.
I have successfully set up a PAYE scheme where the director is a foreign national using the NI number AB123456C.
I was advised by the new employer's helpline to do this and they said it was a pretty common occurence.
7 years rings a bell with me too. Just about to go into a meeting so can't dig up the reference yet but I'm sure googling "pre-trading expenditure" together with "seven years" will throw up something.
Another vote for VT Software
Another vote for VT here. It does the job with no mess and no fuss.
I have the Sony PRS 505 and it’s absolutely brilliant. Despite my initial reservations it doesn’t detract from the reading experience at all. It’s actually got to the stage where I prefer it to actual books. Combined with my local library’s digital catalogue it’s even better as I can download eBooks from the library and load them up. I’ve also loaded up PDF files containing CPD course notes.
Having said that I’ve recently got an iPad and the iBooks app is pretty impressive too. Turning pages by stroking your finger across the screen is a definite plus and so in terms of mirroring an actual book i think iBooks is slightly ahead. Plus the screen is backlit so you can read in bed without disturbing your other half.
In summary – get one! You may feel as if you’re cheating on books but you’ll soon get over it.
Voipfone - highly recommended.
I've used voipfone's fax to e-mail service for a number of years. No problems whatsoever. Faxes are received as e-mails plus you can send faxes direct from your PC.
Check the letter requesting further info
In the first instance the initial application for VAT registration resulted in a letter from HMRC requesting further information and signed by “Mr X”. After 8 months of faffing about by HMRC (including a visit to my clients premises to ensure they were legit) we still hadn’t received the VAT number. In frustration I rang the number on the letter that asked for more info and asked to speak to “Mr X”. Mr X himself advised us to write a letter of complaint addressed to him which he presumably passed to his superiors. Shortly after that the VAT number arrived.
In the second instance after another lengthy wait I just wrote the same letter but addressed to the signatory on their letter requesting further info. Shortly after that the VAT number arrived.
I was given the impression by Mr X that written complaints are taken seriously and in both instances it seemed to do the trick.
This worked for me...
I’ve written letters of complaint on two occasions, although not for multimillion pound turnovers. I got the standard reply about having to do checks, increased VAT fraud etc but the VAT number was issued within 2 weeks both times.
The address I wrote to was:
“A named person”
National Registration Service
HM Revenue & Customs
PO Box 40
Newry, Co. Down
Both letters were written to specific individuals at that address.
Hope this helps
CGT loss on an irrecoverable loan
The claim was in respect of an irrecoverable loan in line with HMRC Helpsheet 296. The whole of the loan is an allowable costs and so there were no sales proceeds.
This is more a case of registering the loss against future capital gains.
It worked (with a bit of fudging)
Thank you so much! Had to put £0.01 in box 29 so as to be able to populate the relief box, but it did the trick.
Think I'll go with 245
Thanks all for your replies. Unfortunately this is his first year of self employment so there's no preceding tax return to refer to. He's also not on my client list (despite having submitted a 64-8 months ago) so I won't be wasting my time ringing the tax office.
Based on his home address I'd already decided to go with 245 and I note that 662 and 245 occupy the same building so it should be OK.
Professional membership card??Do qualified accountants carry membership cards confirming their qualified status? The ACCA haven't given me one. Do you think they'll le me ride if I produce my framed A4 sized practising certificate?