Member Since: 10th Aug 2009
6th Jun 2016
As accountants we should be concerned that our taxes are being squandered by an institution that cannot produce audited accounts and seemingly has no desire to do so.
Returning to the club analogy I have found when considering leaving that the reasons are politely discussed and if no satisfactory terms for staying are agreed then good wishes are exchanged and the door left open for rejoining later if circumstances change. If threatened with consequences I think this would be a club to which I do not wish to be a member.
30th Dec 2013
Give the salesmen a choice of:
1. Keep the fuel card, private mileage included. Fuel benefit tax will apply ; or
2. Return the fuel card, business mileage can be claimed (at HMRC fuel only rates). Fuel benefit tax will not apply.
Duck quickly when the cards come flying back.
7th Oct 2013
How will it help employee retention if all employers have to offer it?
It amounts to an extra tax on the low paid for those that do not opt out. The Government is mis-selling auto enrolment to the low paid. Those with small pensions will have them means tested on retirement.
More worryingly now that savings are becoming compulsory why bother to offer tax relief at all?
16th Nov 2012
What hope is there of a reasoned debate if that's our flagship broadcaster's starting point?
This soft left anti - business view perpetuated by the BBC is damaging business confidence and provoking anti business sentiment in the population most of whom (understandably) have little idea about business taxation.
Imagine what high streets would look like without starbucks et al.
Its not just you Andy! Companies have no moral obligation to pay tax. Only people can have moral obligations.
Ill be having a Starbucks Christmas blend this weekend.
Boycotts don't seem to achieve anything in the UK. Remember Peugeots Coventry plant? Cadburys? Ford? talk of boycotts soon fizzle out.
28th Oct 2012
Until all businesses are run as co-operatives, you'll not get equitable negotiations without legal constraints.
The concept above was ALL businesses. Of course some businesses can follow this model,some successfully like John Lewis.Some are not successful like Equitable Life. It is disturbing to see Nationwide using its absence of shareholders as a marketing stunt(just as EL used to).
If all businesses were cooperatives individuals would be unable to diversify their investments and businesses would be unable to raise capital.
With hindsight the Franco comparison was inappropriate and for that I apologise.
The Waitrose MD has expressed his concern at anti business sentiment:
If the government is unable to run a bidding process why would it be able to run a railway?
On a different note it does amuse me to see that we have had 32 years of Thatcherism!! She left office 22 years ago.
27th Oct 2012
Workers coops were a terrible idea championed by the late General Franco. While there is obvious merit in employees having a stake in the businesses they work for (through an employee share scheme perhaps) it is surely desirable to diversify one's investments to mitigate the loss that would ensue from the failure of the employer. The demonisation of dividends by the soft left press is anti capitalist rhetoric that will do nothing to encourage business investment. Why would anyone invest unless they expect a return? No return=no growth=no money for public services.
26th Oct 2012
Surely the employer and employee are best placed to decide who is being exploited and act accordingly not a state bureaucrat.A NMW is an abomination in a free society. I do wonder why tax is levied on the minimum wage and why tax credits are not dealt with via the payroll.One of GBs job creation schemes perhaps.
26th Oct 2012
Is the other group company UK VAT registered?
23rd Oct 2012
Surely we lived in a welfare
Surely we lived in a welfare state before NMW.
Im sure most people do not object to helping those less fortunate with welfare payments.
I am simply suggesting there is something insidious about the state interfering in wage negotiations or for that matter freely negotiated purchases of bananas.
Where will it end? Will we be able to make decisions for ourselves at all?
20th Oct 2012
Has Phil from Leeds ever heard of Bob Crow? A man who does his job to the detriment of those who wish to travel on the railway.
The union barons of the 1970s pursued a political agenda and in doing so lost the support of the public which included their own members who voted in a conservative administration which broke the union stranglehold on industry. The EU then won over Labour by promising a raft of employment legislation. As this has been implemented employers have faced soaring compliance costs and employees soaring taxes to pay for the state bureaucracy. We seem to be in a downward spiral of rising taxes and increasing poverty as business moves east. Increasing NMW is not going to help this.