Member Since: 6th Dec 2013
21st Feb 2020
To be fair, according to 'cowspiracy' it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1lb of beef.
I'm not sure how true that is - online it appears to vary from 1/5 of that to 3 times that.
21st Feb 2020
Assuming I was sent out of my area far enough that a subsistence claim was valid, I would purchase some lunch, obtain a receipt for the amount I had spent and present that to my employer for reimbursement.
Perhaps I should have written 'employees will simply' rather than 'I would'. In honesty, I'm more likely to tell them in advance that I have no intention of adhering to such a ridiculous policy, and as such the situation would never arise. Either they'd agree in advance I was exempt, or somebody else would be going.
That isn't to say that I insist on every single thing I eat having some sort of meat content. It is entirely possible that I could agree an exemption and then end up ordering something veggie anyway!
21st Feb 2020
I doubt it could be classed as discrimination. Then again if an employee really disagrees with it, they may refuse to put themselves in a position where they incur an expense claim - or just find a decent employer who doesn't ram their own beliefs down employees' throats.
21st Feb 2020
I'd just carry on buying what I wanted, and putting it through on exes. If they refused to pay, then they can find someone else to travel - or I'd be getting the local pasty shop/restaurant/etc to put some veggie [***] on the bill but bring me something I actually wanted.
Similarly on the entertaining front. They might be able to dictate the canapes at corporate events but if I'm sat there entertaining a potential customer there's no way I'm telling them what they can or cant have off the menu - or paying for his choices out of my own pocket.
Actually it's probably not all that relevant to me though, to be fair. The vast majority of my expense claims over the course of my career have been for liquid sustenance anyway! Do finings (fish swim bladders, usually) count?
12th Jun 2019
So FA and QBO have (or will soon have) Lloyds feeds - yet Xero, once a leader in this area, have been saying "soon" for almost two years now.
3rd Jun 2019
Fitting gates must be lucrative for a sole trader to reach (or want to reach) the VAT threshold!
They're a little more expensive than I'd realised to be honest. I assumed it would be about £5k or so - and you probably can get a small/lightweight one for that, or a paid of automated swinging gates which seem to be much cheaper than sliding gates. Round here, (based on quotes obtained about six months ago) a rolling metal driveway gate of reasonable sturdiness to plug a 12 foot gap, with remote controls from the house, car key fobs, and a phone number for dial-in/text access for visitors will cost anywhere between £8k and £15k, supplied and fitted. £12k gets you a very nice one (or I think so anyway) and if someone was selling a few of those a year, plus doing off bits of repairs and maintenance work, they could easily turn over far more than the VAT threshold
28th May 2019
Thanks for taking the time to respond Ian.
The demos at Synergy didn't make it clear that it would only be tracking the active window - but equally, I didn't bother to stick my hand up and ask :)
I'd imagine the only way to tell if the feature fits a user's working style is just to use it. At the very least, it could act as an aide memoire at 5pm when i'm having one of those 'what the hell did I do today' moments (even if the answer ends up being "spent too much time on BBC news and Aweb").
24th May 2019
The thing about Onvio is it still (three years after launch) seems to be an 'indication of where TR are heading' rather than an actual product.
It's got the e-signing and doc storage, and now the VAT (bridging) software, and tax was seemingly all but ready (and looked like desktop) until they decided not to bother until IT gets the MTD treatment (which kind of makes sense if that WILL be 2021, but what if it gets pushed back?). In reality though, Tax and Accs are the core components of the suite and seem that they will be the last to be introduced.
Auto time record looked ok - but I suspect that for people like me that leave about ten windows open across two or more screens, it could be misleading - assuming it tracks (as it appeared) all open windowns and not just the main/selected one. Also, when I get a phone call, go to lunch, pop into a client meeting for ten minutes (which could turn into an hour) etc my computer will, I assume, still be merrily clocking up time to whichever poor client I had on screen last. I appreciate that you have to manually accept the time etc but I can envisage it telling me I've got twelve hours' work to select from, even though I've only been in the office for half a day.
I'm impressive with the new Onvio time machine though - this article is dated 21 May (Tuesday) whereas most of us had to wait until Wednesday 22nd for day one of synergy...………..
10th May 2019
I wonder why all these celebrities migrated to this accountant, I think he was the master of telling such clients what they wanted to hear, ' were the home dodging tax'.
I bet on refection most of his clients found Mr Mundays behaviour was unusual at best. But he was the master con-man. But I suppose its amazing what you can get away with if you tell people the net results of his such behaviour meant paying less tax. I dont think any off his clients he defrauded will get anything back.
The real moral of this story is 'if something appears to be to good to be true, it probably is'.
I haven't seen anything about this case other than the article above - but it appears to me that the fraud was committed by a reasonably junior (earning £33k p.a.) member of staff so I doubt the perpetrator was all too involved in client contact(?).
This is one reason why I try to avoid having any online banking access for clients, and where I have to or they insist, I try and get it read only or otherwise restricted. I also prefer that any access is held at partner level only - I'd rather be inconvenienced by my manager asking me to run reports than have to explain to a client why half a million quid has gone missing without my knowledge.
I'm also fairly surprised by the number of clients willing to grant me complete access to their bank accounts containing (in some cases) hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds. It's only when I explain my reservations that they seem to realise the stupidity of what they were suggesting.
3rd Sep 2018
I take your point about the exception to registration being available but withdrawal from MTD not being an option.
In your earlier paragraph you mention that it is likely to be several months later, when preparing annual accounts, that we realise that the client has exceeded the MTD threshold. As such, we have to assume that it will be the same case for the trader with a 'one off' sale exceeding the registration threshold, in which case they aren't likely to apply for exception from registration within 30 days are they?
So I don't think future 'blips' are a good enough reason to de-register. If a client is below MTD and then happens to exceed it and be late implementing it, then surely that is better than de-registering, having a blip, failing to re-register and finding out ten months later that VAT should have been charged for some time.