Member Since: 26th Aug 2009
2nd Apr 2020
If you are not making your staff redundant, then you are retaining them at the contractually agree remuneration unless a revision has been agreed between each party.
If you are an employer who was intending to lay off staff but now wish to keep them on you can claim 80%/£2,500 back from the government for keeping them. If it is your intention to pay them other that what the contract of employment says then you need a revised agreement.
That is my understanding.....the agreed pay between emp'er and emp'ee for someone furloughed, and what the emp'er claims in grants are two different things.
20th Mar 2020
it also depends upon how the government intend to help - if they suddenly provide individuals and/or businesses with the income to get them over this period you may end up with only 50% fees this year and then next year having to argue an increase back to 'normal' for accounts where 3-4 months there was no income/few transactions…..
Offer better terms (pay over period etc....) and to the ones you expect to pay....if you already have bad payers they will not improve.
I suspect where some form of compensation is to be paid that for SA cases that will be done upon recent Return - so may potentially mean lots of work soon - with an offer of 50% discount you will end up doing lots and you won't get compensated accordingly....
20th Mar 2020
I took a call from a client moaning about his current agent because he doesn't give advice - it was a tax assist - which generally are at the lower fee end of the market....never heard back after quoting a reasonable figure.
Sometimes clients are just wrong....they moan that they want advice but don't wish to pay for it...they prepare their own spreadsheets which are often so hap hazard containing multiple formula errors (if they contain any) which take ages to unravel, but perceive they have essentially done the job for you.
Some will never be happy - what ever the fee
18th Mar 2020
I think that was the original plan until they realised it was going to be more than just 'some'.
As for problem solving.....I haven't yet seen any evidence.....welsh schools closing Friday - guess what Boris will say tonight.....he and his advisers are so behind the curve they are currently sitting on a line....
17th Mar 2020
I think most people are more worried about whether they will have a business at all after this.....and will be trying to ensure they do.....I don't think that involves updating their accounts - except maybe for checking whether they have enough cash to pay the rent etc
17th Mar 2020
I am sure everyone's first concern would be to 'abuse' any leniency given on penalties if given (its not like they have a business that they are trying to keep afloat or anything), but nice to seen in extraordinary times that there are people out their who are so compassionate....
13th Mar 2020
"I've obviously stirred up some simmering emotional undercurrents"....
You did on the change in the website several years back....but chose to ignore the majority of contributors and their views at that time...
It is on the face of it great that you wish to listen to views....but if you are going to ignore them what is the point.
13th Mar 2020
agree with much of the above....the rot set in when the website was changed some years ago....give it time you said....we did....the result was a loss of many high quality contributors.
As suggested perhaps you or your team should answer some of the queries coming through....
I remember when I used to spend hours a week on here, because of the wide and varied articles of interest and more so technical queries which assisted in expanding my knowledge.....this has dwindled significantly and as the years pass the use of historic posts (when the content was useful) is less applicable due to legislation changes....
11th Mar 2020
sounds like a case of 'accidently on purpose'....
Did the letter include the correct salutation....(or one you would expect to address your client by rather than Mr....)
10th Mar 2020
there is a note on the back of the notice saying you have until 6 April 2020 to appeal. But really no excuses - pre-date it with the expected post date if its going to take that long....they are idiots!