Member Since: 23rd Jul 2005
9th Jan 2020
I've not been able to get in with varying messages all day, so restarted the computer and miraculously managed to file a VAT return. So thought I'd better file another one while the going's good, but it went back to "Sorry - agents can't use this sign in page yet"
So I don't think it's the HMRC site breaking down, I think it might be the same thing as the MTD farce where the links don't work. Something to do with cookies maybe ?
With no MTD penalties for a year, we should go on strike and refuse to file any until they have managed to sort it out and reimbursed us for the wasted time.
6th Jan 2020
To answer my own moan and for any future reference. Apparently, if he had paid twice, he could have cancelled the direct debit within 7 days and got it refunded by the bank.
2nd Jan 2020
Come on, he slipped in an MTD joke:-
"What has been the most significant change in your organisation this year?
The huge progress in delivering on our objectives. From opening two of our 13 new regional centres and migrating 1.3 million businesses onto a new digital service that makes it easier for them to get their VAT right"
30th Dec 2019
I think Class 2 NI can be paid if it's not paid before 31 Jan. They just send an SA302, with a link to how to pay it, which doesnt work, and a phone number to call, that they don't answer. I did manage to arrange it for one person last year, presumably by calling the normal NI phone number, not their dud one.
16th Dec 2019
I get your point, and when the tax return was filed in May, nobody knew how much the income/tax might be in 2020-21. But by December, I'm guessing their computer used the RTI figure to estimate 2020-21 income/tax. So in circumstances like this, it makes it impossible to advise about how the tax needs to be paid. And lower earners lose the option to take advantage of using the tax code change. And I still don't get why they do it.
13th Dec 2019
Eh ? The HMRC software has calculated it. And this doesnt involve any estimated tax codes, or any tax code process in Jan/Feb. I'm not sure you've understood the issue.
13th Dec 2019
Thanks, I see now, so in her case, if she was earning £16.5K, tax = £800, they would allow it, any less than that, they don't. Strange that I've not come across that before after all these years and the software doesnt flag it up. And seems very unfair on low earners, although I presume the BPS team will be ok about setting up a direct debit.
13th Dec 2019
She did kind of say that, the monthly deduction would be £66 per month, and that would be 'too much for her to pay', but that's hardly anything, some people will be paying upto £250 per month. And I said that's a lot better than a low earner with 2 kids finding £800 by January, so wasnt sure what she meant. Maybe there's a calculation based on what percentage of the total tax bill it is. But where is that written down I wonder ? How do we know who can pay by tax code change and who can't ?
13th Dec 2019
Oh. So in her case, because the tax liability in 2020-21 might be less than £800, they don't think they can collect the £800 ? Still not sure I actually understand it, maybe that's why the HMRC woman couldnt explain it and jumped ship. I'm not wrong am I....if they just reduced her code to 850L, wouldnt that work out OK ?
10th Dec 2019
Instead of the massive waste of time that MTD has been, why didn't HMRC channel that time and money and write a very simple program. They know the CH number, so if they are owed money, just automatically object to the striking off. How hard can that actually be ?
And whilst they're at it, change the law so that banks have to tell HMRC when companies open an account, and then not let themselves be struck off until they have filed a CT600.
With a lot of talk about tax, it's been riling me recently about all the tales about tax evasion and how Labour are going to clamp down etc etc. Forget about us people that file accounts, I would guess the real evasion is under the radar, and they have no idea about. I did pick out 20 companies formed a couple of years ago at random, and about half never filed any accounts and were getting struck off. I wouldnt mind betting quite a few of those were trading. How hard would it be for CT/VAT/PAYE offices to be linked to CH and automatically stop striking offs if they are registered.
They have made tax evasion far too easy.