Member Since: 23rd Aug 2017
14th Nov 2019
But, but, but.....I have checked this twice on my calculator, 2015 plus 8 years means he should still be in jail until 2023. Do you think the judges need new calculators cause they obviously can't add up for peanuts. I guess crime does pay in Great Britain if people get let off so easily after serving only half their sentences.
On a serious note, I just dusted off the cobwebs from my memory of vicarious liability and as far as I recall from the bit of law in my early studies, a company is only held vicariously liable for the actions of an employee who was obviously acting as an AGENT for the company at the time of the offense.
In this case, Skelton stole the data and then posted it online out of personal vengeance, no way was he acting as an agent for the company.
So how on earth is Morrisons even held vicariously liable? What type of twisted justice is this? We need to shake up these useless judges (turds) most of whom are well past their sell by dates and just prolong cases unnecessarily.
14th Nov 2019
Interesting case, so what happened to the villain Skelton? After all, it was he who stole the information and made it public.
24th Jun 2019
Our useless, corrupt government is determined to tax us to the hilt with newer and more sophisticated schemes every year whilst they enjoy enormous salaries and waste the taxes that we pay.
They are too evil to care that the average adult who passes the age of 60 years finds it almost impossible to get employed. With bank interest rates being so low, mature people are forced to take out a Buy To Let mortgage and invest what little they have saved over the years in a rental property.
But our ruthless, tyrannical government wants to stop even that, by introducing this nonsense law restricting mortgage interest tax relief to basic rate. It is tough enough for a new landlord to cope with nightmare tenants, the mountains of legislation (which keeps increasing every year in the tenants favour), getting ripped off by the workmen they hire to fix faults in the rental property, paying estate agent fees and finally being left with a bit of profit, only to have that taxed to the hilt too. The government obviously expects expect mature adults to live on air until their pensions kick in? Landlords with one or two properties, face an incredible battle to survive and make a bit of money on their investment.
Meanwhile the idiot Chancellor who passed this law before he got sacked from office (George Osborne) is working for Black Rock on a salary of £650,000 per annum for working one day a week, probably using an umbrella company so he hardly pays any tax.
What a joke and sadly the joke is on us for electing these clowns into office so that they can continue inflicting newer and more sophisticated taxes upon us every year. Eventually it will be the tenants who suffer as landlords are forced to increase rents in order to survive.
5th Apr 2019
The utter incompetency and crookedness of the HMRC is on plain display on this one. Why did they take 20 years to pass legislation? Why was it not tackled within the first few years?
By law the tax office can only go back 6 years normally but in this case they kept the cases open for 20 years by writing to the taxpayers each year. Talk about under handed behavior.
Why was the legislation made retrospective? This is very unusual for tax laws.
Why aren't they going after the companies that offered these schemes? They are as guilty as the contractors who were naive enough to believe that the scheme was genuine tax avoidance.
Why did the professional institutions like ICAEW, ACCA etc. not speak up, not give guidance to its members earlier or even protest against this ridiculous behavior by the HMRC?
3rd Apr 2019
I will happily purchase two lots of £800 invoices, can I know which pub to meet the guy in? Thanks.
I feel as much contempt for our government and the HMRC as they display for us on a daily basis.
11th Mar 2019
Quote: "The judge cancelled all default surcharges issued to JCA Seminars Ltd because the employee fraud was a reasonable excuse for late payment."
Yet another example of the tax office zealously applying fines and surcharges instead of using a bit of common sense and giving the company some time to sort out its finances. In the process they wasted a lot of their time, that of the taxpayer and eventually court time as well. The reason for this is that the HMRC lack empathy and common sense, they would rather charge fines and penalties blindly even if it means that they might force the company into liquidation and get zero at the end of it all.
The HMRC have now become tyrants oppressing honest tax payers to the stage where they have nothing but total hatred and utter contempt for the tax collectors.
If only the judge would award damages to taxpayers who are harassed by the tax office in such a manner, it would force HMRC to think twice before taking tax payers to court so venomously.
1st Mar 2019
Yet another example of our ruthlessly greedy and hopelessly incompetent HMRC who focus their efforts on the poor and the homeless instead of the rich and famous where they can get windfalls if successful.
One has to realize that like most other employees in companies, the employees at HMRC are also anxious to prove their worth and justify their salaries so they pursue such pointless cases with extreme vigor to prove how useful they are in their jobs and avoid getting made redundant.
Whilst they focus on squeezing each and every penny out of the impoverished public, the government wastes the taxes collected (by the billions in useless ventures). £2 billion of extra funding on the Brexit farce.
Our beloved PM continues going to Brussels on an almost weekly basis (at our cost) to re-negotiate when the EU keep on saying there is nothing to negotiate from their side. I think its time for us all to realize that our government and tax office no longer look after our best interests anymore. The political and taxation system set up centuries ago no longer serves it citizens but enslaves and punishes them. It is time for a purge.
20th Feb 2019
Well if the UK government wasn't so greedy in trying to squeeze every last penny out of us citizens though whatever means they can, we would not have to worry about eating food inside premises or outside and whether the drinks were hot or not.
Unfortunately by publishing this article, this matter will now be brought to the tax-man's attention and it will only be a matter of time before he/she makes life hell for fast food businesses.
Don't forget, a business is set up to generate some income for it's owners, provide employment for its staff members and also a service to local residents not forgetting the high rent and council rates the owner has to pay. It's primary purpose is NOT to generate more and more tax revenue for our greedy, uncaring government.
Maybe articles should focus on how the government wastes the precious taxes we pay on useless ventures like the new £3bn aircraft carrier which is on a useless 11 week cruise across the Atlantic with two F-35 fighters on board just to show off.
Or how about half of the Royal Navy's submarines now sitting in docks due to cracks and about to be taken out of service?
It is no use taxing citizens out of every miserable penny they earn (even on their sandwiches) when the government should not be wasting billions in one hit every year.
If we citizens showed extreme resentment at each new tax that is introduced, it might stop our government from designing ever new ingenious schemes to tax us even more and focus on their wasteful tendencies.
7th Feb 2019
It's the same old story over and over again. Forget about ethics and what you learnt in the process of getting qualified as an accountant, auditors are paid for by the companies that they audit. So in reality, their duty of care is not to the shareholders of the company, but to the directors who gave them the business. If they find too many faults after an audit, the directors will simply replace them the next year, for more "docile" auditors.
The fees they charge (talking about large audits now) are so excessive that they border on the ridiculous. They have to charge such high fees to maintain their posh offices and pretend they do such fantastic jobs.
The same goes for the associations that they belong to, it is all a money making scheme so you won't find too much harsh action being taken by any association whose member failed to audit correctly - for to do so would bring the profession into disrepute. It is a bit of a vicious cycle, with everyone covering for each other at the expense of the shareholders.
One would only wonder how on earth GT can hope to retain its client base in light of these revelations by its new chief.
2nd Jan 2019
Bottom line, don't waste your time becoming a snitch for the HMRC. They expect perfection from us accountants but their website is a shambles, their service is ludicrous, they are ruthless in imposing fines and penalties and preparing and submitting a SARS takes up a lot of time and effort (all unpaid).
If you come across a "dodgy" client, just say you are too busy to take on new work.
As the government tries desperately to make more and more ordinary citizens, unpaid policemen and women, as professionals we should simply refuse to get drawn into matters that have nothing to do with us.