Member Since: 12th Aug 2005
28th Sep 2013
8th Feb 2013
Thanks, Peter - makes sense. More info - yes, she has been paid "net of tax" (allegedly) a number of times and she seems to only ever have received (partial) tax refunds from the engager, not from HMRC. I think I've got enough now to challenge all this strongly with the engager, and potentially raise with HMRC. Thanks again for your advice.
8th Feb 2013
Peter, your question was a good one! No, no P60s. When I dug deeper, she said the "pay slips" don't say "pay slip" per se - they say "BACS Remittance Advice", and state in small print on the back that the organisation "does not issue P45s or P60s". What possible right might these people have to even consider withholding at source, let alone do it (which they have a number of times, resulting in her contacting HMRC for refunds, not all of which she has received)!?! I am not a payroll practitioner (obviously) but it all looks ridiculous to me. It is a fee-based contract - pay per quantity of work done; no PSC, she does the work at home, when she likes, and does other low value self employed work for others. NB. If I mentioned the name of the engager, you would recognise it, which is rather frightening. What am I missing?
8th Feb 2013
Hi there - no, it's definitely R85. They've asked for the same for consecutive years.
8th Feb 2013
Oh - that's a good question, thanks! - I will ask.
24th Mar 2007
Buying a ticket
Three accountants and three engineers are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three engineers each buy tickets and watch as the three accountants buy only a single ticket.
"How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asks an engineer. "Watch and you'll see," answers an accountant. They all board the train. The engineers take their respective seats but all three accountants cram into a restroom and close the door behind them.
Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, "ticket, please." The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.
The engineers saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the engineers decide to copy the accountants on the return trip and save some money. When they get to the station they buy a single ticket for the return trip.
To their astonishment, the accountants don't buy a ticket at all. "How are you going to travel without a ticket?" says one perplexed engineer.
"Watch and you'll see," answers an accountant. When they board the train the three engineers cram into a restroom and the three accountants cram into another one nearby. The train departs.
Shortly afterward, one of the accountants leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the engineers are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, "ticket, please."
30th Jun 2006
Liz, thanks for your comments - further queries...
... if we had transferred the US-based employee to US social security, mightn't there have been implications in terms of maintaining his level of UK contributions for future benefits? We did take, and adhere to, comprehensive advice from a big 4 ex-pat tax department, who at no point made your suggestion.
Re. the Spain-based employee, can you (or anyone else) confirm whether or not it is actually feasible for UK tax to be claimed as a credit on a Spanish tax return?
20th Jan 2006
Good example of an application of "array" formulae
I find array formulae are very powerful - hitting "Ctrl+Shift+Enter" instead of just "Enter" has opened up a whole new world! ;-)
Enter months in row 2:
A2 = eg. Jan-05 (date formatted)
B2 = eg. Feb-05
etc through to Dec-05
... and YTD at the end (in cell M2)
Demo result, eg. turnover, in row 3:
A3 = 100
B3 = 200
Cell A1 is your control cell - for illustration, put Apr-05 there to indicate that you want April YTD.
Your cell M3 (YTD dependent on the month in A1) formula is
...if you only hit "Enter" you get a #VALUE! error but if you hit "Ctrl+Shift+Enter" it will work.
19th Jan 2006
On the contrary....
.... this is simple. In column B (e.g. rows 1 to 5) enter the number of staff in each grade. In cell A1, enter the following formula:
Copy this formula to cells A2 to A5.
Then select your 10 data cells and generate a nice horizontal "tube" graph (one of the "custom" types in the Chart Wizard). Set the border and fill of the first series to be transparent, delete the labels and the X-axis and Bob's your uncle.