Member Since: 23rd Aug 2017
11th Mar 2020
The government with its usual don't care attitude announced in the national news that SSP would be payable from Day One without consulting employers or passing any relevant legislation. Needless to say the majority of businesses have a very low opinion of Boris Johnson, the government in general and HMRC in particular. So they are not going to rush like eager beavers to implement this new rule unless forced to do so.
Whilst the majority of employees are reliable, every office has some employees who will not hesitate to take advantage of the CoronaVirus situation and take time off "because they are scared of catching it from other staff members, usually on a Monday morning". It is up to the hapless employer as usual to take on the job of policing this mess on behalf of the government.
What happens to an employee who has taken time off due to this virus situation and then finds he/she can't afford to live on £94.25 per week for two whole weeks and comes back to work early before the incubation period is satisfied?
5th Mar 2020
Go straight to jail, DO NOT pass GO and you can hand in another £200 on your way there. These days, having a degree or even a professional accountancy qualification is no guarantee of honesty.
17th Feb 2020
So continues the saga of the tyrannical HMRC who are determined to squeeze every last penny out of each and every contractor in the whole of UK. In their quest to enrich the government with our taxes, they don't care that the government wastes it by the billions after on useless ventures and military spend (in the protection racket called NATO run by USA).
I wouldn't mind paying a bit more in taxes if I actually saw the money put to good use like the NHS, providing warm and comfortable shelters for our millions of homeless who live on the streets and in their cars but seeing how our incompetent government squanders our taxes, I simply hate the HMRC and the government. They no longer care for their citizens - simply busy filling their own pockets. I long for a revolution when we can get rid off these vile scum bags.
13th Feb 2020
Too little too late, so many businesses on the High Street have gone into bankruptcy due to ridiculously high Business Rates. Exorbitant parking charges near the High Street have further forced a lot of customers to shop online instead of risking getting a parking ticket.
In short the conservative government and local councils have killed off a lot of businesses and finally they have realised, that it is having a knock on effect on the taxes they used to collect from the once profitable businesses. Only way to describe this situation is that the government and councils lack basic business and financial sense. It is more like a circus now, with clowns running the country.
13th Feb 2020
Very interesting comment, an accountant becomes qualified when he/she passes the final exams (in some cases 30 or 40 years ago). The penalty for getting qualified is to be forced to pay annual fees to the governing body and complying with their numerous rules and regulations over a working lifetime. Ceasing membership of the regulatory body does not suddenly make him unqualified overnight - or does it?
Any comments on this one from the others reading this thread?
12th Feb 2020
Quote: "enjoying the qualification which ought to give the practitioner a good standard of living". In reality most sole practitioners do NOT enjoy a good standard of living. The professional accountant market is saturated and highly competitive, clients are very reluctant to pay reasonable fees to what they regard as a "pen pusher". The mountain of professional standards and government legislation keeps on increasing annually, keeping up with CPD courses is both time consuming and expensive and on top of that the regulatory bodies behave like they are gods over their professional members. In this particular case, I would seriously advise Howard Morris to retire early if he is able to afford to and wash his hands off this "daily headache".
6th Feb 2020
What a joke, the once highly regarded profession of qualified accountants and auditors are no better than crooks nowadays as more and more of these scandals get exposed. So much for "ethics" and not bringing the profession into "disrepute". These two guys should have been struck off instead of getting fined - they can easily afford to pay the fines and do it all over again if the price is right.
It is a well known secret that when any large business goes into liquidation, the insolvency firm "eat" what little is left of the business through exorbitant and nonsensical fees. How can Deloittes possibly justify £15m in Comet insolvency fees? They will simply use that fee to pay off the small £1m fine. Still a hefty profit overall.
16th Jan 2020
Sorry my friend, I meant 4:30pm when I said "the big hand reaches the six". That is how quickly the sulky, useless, incompetent, untrained, council officers leave their offices in my borough.
Voting in a new council leader, whether it is Labour or Conservative is no use as the core staff all remain the same, only the figurehead changes. They only repair half of the pot holes on a road to save money, they have low level morons attending their phones and insist all complaints are submitted on their website, surprise the complaint got lost.
Our area was once a clean and beautiful place, now it is a dirty crap hole, litter everywhere, rats galore near fast food places, unemployed immigrants hiding behind every tree and bus stop, shopping center where you are guaranteed to lose your purse or cards if you are not careful. To say I live in a den of thieves would be an understatement.
On that happy note, let me get my rolling pin out and keep it near my bed tonight in case anyone breaks in. I have to protect myself you know, because the local police are even more corrupt and useless than our council. :-(((
16th Jan 2020
Quote: "Robertson reportedly told councillors, “I can’t guarantee it wouldn’t happen again", that is because they are all thick as s***.
No supervision of output from a junior staff member, no internal checks to capture this mistake, overpayments went through without anyone picking it up. Welcome to the new Britain, totally useless the lot of them. I think ALL of their heads should roll on this one.
It is no secret that most councils in the country are totally useless and that they have stopped serving the members of the public, they are all just waiting for the big hand to reach the six so they can all go home. I am still laughing at this level of stupidity as I have NEVER ever come across a £300k overpayment in my entire working life.
3rd Jan 2020
Generally most of the tax collected from citizens was supposed to be used for their benefit. However in the past and more so in the present and future, we are under the thumbs of corrupt, merciless politicians who enjoy a life of luxury at our expense and misuse our taxes for pointless wars, increased defense expenditure, numerous pointless trips abroad etc. - whilst we face increased homelessness, poverty, NHS facilities being drastically reduced every year and crumbling infrastructure all around us.
More and more sophisticated taxes are put into place every year to try and squeeze out each and every penny in taxes from our pockets as the elite continue to maintain their offshore funds and properties, until they get caught - if ever.
No wonder that most people now say that the Great has fallen out of Great Britain.