Member Since: 3rd Jul 2013
2nd Sep 2021
Yes, I think as our industry is pretty well remunerated, that has bought choices. The pandemic has also made a lot of older people sit and think.
It's not surprising if more of us have gone part time, or wound down.
My decision was made pre pandemic but it was made on a pretty similar basis. I like work but I was working too many hours. I still do it part time, and probably better actually as I'm more motivated again. But someone has to plug the gap of the work we aren't doing, and I suspect that's where this crisis has come from.
24th Aug 2021
Be very careful sifting candidates out at the start on the basis of spelling and writing. You stand the chance of potentially losing a great candidate.
If you are looking for someone who can think strategically and differently and see patterns, a dyslexic (with a great work ethic) might be your person. All you will need is a spell checker to sort out the one thing they are less good at but you will benefit from the amazing qualities they bring - qualities that can't be taught.
23rd Aug 2021
I don't actually have a supplier as yet. I was just thinking it might be worth being in on the pilot personally to see what's going on. Especially trying out the more affordable options of spreadsheets and bridging links.
I've done quite a few of the pilots over the years although don't feel like encouraging them with MTD!
23rd Aug 2021
Not sure they will qualify for kickstart but have you thought about employing a bright school or college leaver with a good work ethic who simply doesn't want to go to University?
My sons college ran the qualification side of apprenticeships and the employers adverts were on the wall to apply for. My son did an IT apprenticeship at 18 and joined the employer with the top grades from an IT BTEC.
23rd Aug 2021
Personally, from 21/22 I have an employment (returned under RTI) and a self employment with about 8 invoices a year, a small amount of interest (well under £1000) and I pay into a pension. No COVID grants claimed at all. Am I too complicated so excluded from the pilot?
It sounds like, yes, because of the employment.
If I used a digital option I would be looking at excel and a bridging option, not Xero or SAGE etc, unless I had too.
22nd Jul 2021
Jane Evans wrote:
An answer has come through on the agent's form from Helen Thornley of ATT, not yet form HMRC. Does it resolve the problem:
Hi - I think you might find that this has been resolved if you look at the latest SA108 guidance issued this week - have a look at the guidance on boxes 9 & 10 on pages 4-5 of https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa...
I'm not in the office until next week but will read and check it out then.
21st Jul 2021
We are doing what the client wants.
Still only meeting where necessary but we are meeting again. Using video call or phone for those who like that approach. Meeting at client premises if that is their choice and wearing a mask if they wish. Then, the final few, who are delighted to come back to the office - mask until they get to my room and then their choice.
The majority are still wearing masks or choosing the more remote options. There seems little appetite in changing very much at the moment - which is very sensible in my view.
14th Jul 2021
Do check they still hold them all outside of a ISA.
My husband holds a lot of shares in his employer's company (by virtue of not selling sharesave shares over the years) but has transferred annually into a ISA to use up the annual CGT allowance/some of his ISA allowance.
Whilst this cannot be done in retrospect of course, it seems a sensible thing to have done over the years (but they may well have used ISAs for other shares or investments not Morrisons).
7th Jul 2021
Yes, it makes no difference to the claim in £££ - as the % drop is the same.
However, they also say HMRC will check it to returns submitted - we don't want to get it wrong and generate enquiry paperwork for something that can be avoided - it would worry the client and we would look poorly informed (which, ironically, we are!)
7th Jul 2021
Just to add to this - I have just found Rebecca Caves helpful analysis from this morning and I see she is also confused - so its not only me. But it probably means I just have to wait for further clarification.