Sole practitioner based in Devon, hanging up calculator and throwing desktop out the window on 29 March 2019, in order to get a life!
Watering the seedling.
A month on and last Friday's school strike spread to over a hundred countries with an estimated 1.5m students taking part.
Hopefully some of you saw and were even effected (in the one I attended in Exeter the city centre came to a standstill) and, before you dismiss it, just bear in mind that over the next few years many of these people will get the vote.
That's right but you'd include the total cost in box 7 as that's the cost to you, ie you wouldn't be able to claim the VAT.
Yes, I tend to agree. I've dealt with and have brought in experts for embedded F&F in buildings and it actually makes sense but, as the Op says, where I have a problem is with the definition of R&D.
I spent ages with one website-based business going over the criteria for R&D as far as it related to building a website to provide a service (app) no different to many other businesses already doing the same.
I came up with the view that they didn't qualify and this was backed up by the auditors, but the company went ahead anyway and got its Kgs of flesh out of the country's coffers (sorry pejorative I know).
Another web app client has just received a huge sum in R&D credit, arranged by a dedicated R&D practice that, as far as I can see, is not populated by cowboys/girls, so, perhaps it's another case of badly writing tax legislation enabling anyone with the knowledge to take advantage of omissions and getting money for expenditure not envisioned when .GOV first had the idea?
Worldwide we are now in the 6th Mass extinction (the 5th was 65M years ago) with 150-200 species of plants, insects & animals becoming extinct every day. This is 1,000 times higher than the natural background death of species and is directly associated with human activity.
Australia is perfect example of how climate breakdown is going to effect us all, with years of draught and then one area in Queensland suffering a year's rainfall in a week recently, flooding 20,000 homes and killing perhaps half a million cattle.
The government there have as bad a reputation for ignoring climate change as the US but a milestone last week was a court refusing to allow a mining company to open a new coal mine because of the effects on the environment and greenhouse gasses, a first in the world I think.
Still, not to worry, where are those tax cases I'm supposed to have read about?
I too once felt "what's the point, what can I do?" but, if you think of the old going paperless era, once you start, it's amazing what there is you can do to make a difference.
As so often is the case in this country, and certainly on here, changes like this are only ever seen as losing something with no imagination to see that the net effect of the change is positive.
This is exactly how the kids see it and, again, they shame us.
I have 4 brilliant and full of life grandchildren under 5 years old, to not try and make a difference for them, is unthinkable.
Not sure if you saw it, but maybe 6-7 years ago, there were a series of discussions (to put it nicely) on here along the lines that EVs would be stifled at birth, the battery and infrastructure technology was never going to be good enough, the manufacturers were too wedded to the ICE and the oil companies were too powerful.
Since then several pennies have dropped for consumers as well as the industries and, despite a scared .GOV, good old capitalism is doing its job. If consumers require new technology there will always be people there to provide it.
Even though ICEs (Int Combustion Engines) are way passed their sell by date the manufactures have teamed them up with electric motors and batteries in the hybrids and so much, if not all, the electricity comes from the ICEs. Not ideal but it makes them far more fuel efficient.
Still early days but the technology and models available are way ahead of where I was when I bought mine 2 years ago.
I don't understand where that comes from? Do you imply from what I say that all food/dairy animals need to be killed off?
No, if I had my way no animal would ever die or be abused for our taste needs.
In reality they will not all go, we will continue to eat & milk them but we need to dramatically reduce our reliance on them, meaning we stop breeding them, ie just let them live out their lives.
I’ve been following the effects of the food industry, and in particular livestock/dairy, ever since a damning UN/FAO report over a dozen years ago. This has since been updated and followed by significant new research over the past couple of years, one by Oxford uni last year involving a survey of 40,000 farms in 119 countries covering over 90% of the foodstuffs we consume. So I’m not making this stuff up.
Think on this, about 83% of the world’s farmland is utilised to rear animals, that’s both to hold them and provide food for them. These animals provide us with 18% of the calories and 37% of the protein we consume. As accountants I don’t need to say what the 15% provides us with.
It varies widely around the world but chunks of the farmland used for grazing are not immediately suitable to grow crops for us but the last estimate I saw was that between 30-50% of arable land is currently used for us which leaves 50-70% of arable land used to produce those calories and protein, via meat/dairy.
One scary example, 80% of the soya grown in the Amazon basin, ie deforested land, goes to feed animals.
Finally, the reports identify huge inefficiency and waste both in food production and at consumer level that could easily make up any shortfalls.
So, yes, the scientists advise that if we start acting now, we can turn the food problem around. On the other side however, for people wedded
to meat and dairy, its consumption is estimated to increase by 50-70% in the next 30 years, meaning we’d have to find a couple more planets.
Hi Tornado - the other way of looking at this is to stop using the land for animals, thus avoiding both a major source of greenhouse gasses and the slurry, much of which runs off into rivers and the sea. There will be sufficient crop waste to feed the digesters.