Member Since: 8th Feb 2012
17th Jul 2013
So very sad
I did not know her, but I should have like to. My thoughts go to her family and friends. There only consolation maybe is that she died doing something she believed in. she gave her life for someone else, there is no greater sacrifice.. RIP
27th Mar 2013
This is a disaster for all of us
As a French National my thought is how about a revolution... the incompetence of civil servants run deep. They are all in it for the cushy job, the fat pension and knowing that whatever they do they won't be held accountable for their actions or lack of.. Politicians can't answer a straight question.. they fudge everything to suit themselves. But what really scare me is how our children are being taught at school and the impact of some teachers' mentality could have on future generations... Now I am a grandmother of three. The eldest is 5 and just started school. His mum is a very good mum as well as loving hi to bits she has also taught him the value of being polite, helpful to others and caring for other people's feelings. He appear to be an odd one in his class as he is able to do up his jacket buttons, his zips and shoelaces. As some of his class mates can't he helps them and invariably he is the last one out in the playground. Quite often he will also hold the door open for his classmates but I was astonished to find that very rarely any of them will say thank you to him. One would think that he would be praise by his teacher for his action and good behaviour. Oh non, at a parent evening she told his mum that he was far too nice and would never get far in life if he did not toughen up... What kind of rubbish is this? Unbelievable and astonishing to find that schools value misbehaving, impolite children more than those who are being brought up to respect others. instead of criticizing my grandson they should encourage him and tell the other parents to teach their kids to do up their buttons etc.. I guess that there is very little morality in this world anymore, lying cheating being selfish is all the norm and our top civil servants and politicians and bankers are all a fine example of this poor behaviour... sad sad sad..
15th Mar 2013
closure of enquiry centres
This is utter madness, another ill thoughts, ill conceived idea. why don't they get rid of all the pen pushers who come up with all these ridiculous policy changes? They are the ones who are superfluous...
Call centres are renowned for:-
1. their slowness in answering the phone and who pays for the phone call cost? not HMRC so maybe the tax payer might save a £ or too travelling to the local tax office but how much will it cost him to be kept waiting for half hour or more before someone deigned to answer and then
2. half their staff have not been trained correctly and don't know what they are talking about.
Visit at Home:
HMRC officer's visiting vulnerable taxpayers at home - NO WAY. If they want to save costs, why not merge them with Job Centre Plus? That might prove usefull if a taxpayer who has lost his job (due to cut backs at HMRC perhaps???) needs to claim a refund HMRC would be on hand to help them fill in the correct forms... or give advice on registering as self-employed etc..
30th Nov 2012
If hte Mayans are right, after the 21 December 2012 it won't matter anyway!!!!
There has always and there will always be persons who will break the rules or push them to the limit whithout any regards for the morality of their actions. The difference is that now with interent and fast transmission of information it appears that there is more of it..
All one can do is do their best in theri own life and if enough of us do this then maybe one done the "bad apples in the barrels of the world" will disappear.
Somehow I don't think it will happen in my lifetime..
30th Nov 2012
My father always said that if the Government wants to raise £100 M it was more likely to raise it by charging £10 each from 10 M not rich people than by trying to get £1M from 100 very rich people.
This is told me over 40 years ago and this has not changed...
14th Sep 2012
IF RTI is going to be so onerous why did the professional organisations appear to be so tongue tied while it was developped.
I have read the guidance I have watched the webinar from the Tax faculty. As far as I am concerned this is being introduced to :-
Pass on the respondibiltiy to the employers from HMRC as they are incapable of capturing data correctly with their current systems (hence the furror over P800Ts issued for very earlier tax years and for taxpayers already submitting Self-Assessment tax returns and ESC A19). We are told that this new and wondrous RTI will solve all the problems and there will be no more mistakes on tax codes etc.. Think again.. Until the BIK system is also subject to RTI there will always be problems with codes and underpayments/overpayments of tax. As for the use of RTI to calculate the Universal Credits. Well Idon't think of this much either. Whovever came up with these schemes is not from this world I am sure...Raise more revenues via penalties for the government coffers. This government who do not appear to get their finances in order. (I was horified to hear on the TV the other night that a ocal council wants to pay the new Maire £64,000 per annum!!! To do what may I ask? Complete and utter waste of money).
I have been working in tax in one form or another for over 20 years and I am really in dispair at the direction the whole tax system is being driven.
I have been banging my head against many brick walls recently and I am seriously considering investing in a very well padded helmet to protect my sore head.
HMRC and the government go on and on about morality they shoudl look at themselves in the mirror first. ...
10th Sep 2012
ESC A19 Petition
I have signed this days ago. Found link to petiton via the Taxation Faculty web site...
what I resent the most is that HMRC are trying to apply the new text of ESC A19 before the consultation period has been completed and any amendments/corrections have been made/agreed..
thi sis clearly a policy which has been passed on from above..
3rd Sep 2012
ESC A19 consultation and petition
I have signed petition and askedmy colleagues to do the same. We need to let it known to HMRC that we won't sit back and let them bully our clients or any other taxpayer who is a victimof their incompetence and lack of quality standards ..
27th Jul 2012
bristol Accountant Jailed
I agree with you there. I remember being sent on audit when I worked as an fully qualified accounting technician, I was told I was asking too many questions and the purpose of an audit was to do some testing of a few invoices/transactions to see if there was any problem. I tended to look at each one, hence the time Ispent was more more than the budget allowed... I was soon redirected to the tax department as they realised that this was really where my skills lied..
Don't trust audits, they are usually done by junior team members who don't really know what to look for and how to spot a problem if there is one. The file is then pased on to the manager who signs it off and then to the partner who sign the certificate.
I am sure the majority of the work undertaken is fine but unfortunately the only to spot a thief or fraudulent transactions is to put each one under a microscope.
At the end of the day the trustees have a duty of care to the charity and they should have been less "trusting" of the accountant who obviously was very good at hiding his illegal activities. I am glad he is going to jail and I hope they will sell any remaining loot to pay back the charities.
If it was me I would hang him and leave him out to dry and the same treatment shoudl apply to all the crooks, thiefs, criminals in the world...
27th Jul 2012
Off payroll to become on payroll
Everybody is entitled to their opinion.
It is well known that most directors of small companies will take a salary up to the Lower earning limit, or up to Personal Allowance then draw the rest as dividends to avoid paying NI.. this is entirely legal and that is fine. It is also well known and greatly used in practice once the company is well established and successfull. So while there is some truth to your argument lets no hide the real reason why a lot of directors only take very small salaries + dividends.
The new proposals set out above are impractical and unworkable as far as I am concerned and will do more harm than good to businesses.
Applying the minimum wage would only shift a small amount of the overall remuneration package for directors from dividends to salary a small price to pay I think to stop the kind of complicated scheme the government keeps dreaming up..