One wonders what would happen if the manufacturer fitted some 'bayonet' load mounting points but would not supply seats ex factory? You could buy them as a dealer option but never as a factory option. As install/removal time would be a few minutes it would be hard to argue the vehicle has been adapted in any way.
(One of our clients has a 'commercial' Disco and a pack of parts which will go with it come the time to sell.)
Anyone else been dumped with an incomplete records accounts job where the proprietor used the contactless card on his business account for every single trivial transaction, largely non business. Page after page of bank statements with masses of small transactions, big accounts bill and hideous bank charges!
It is too easy, he said I don't need to record the transactions because they are all on the bank statements...
I said quite a lot!
Is the leaking of this suggestion pre-budget spin? Brief something really vile, then the actual announcement (say increased IT rates on dividends + further restriction on divi nil rate) doesn't sound too grim.
Collective sigh of relief but everyone has been suckered into accepting the hike.
Governments do have a lot of form for this.
And at the same time we read about poor productivity growth in the UK economy. I suspect the boys and girls at the coal face are doing OK but have to carry an ever increasing level of back office burden.
I recall the maxim from my computer studies at uni: sort the system first then automate...otherwise all you do is speed up the mess! Still sounds good; UK tax system anyone?
There seems to have been some HMRC activity in this area of late. Although probably irrelevant to the reported case recently I was asked to look at a situation where it appeared there was gap in the reporting history of the commissions. The taxpayer tried to explain this away by claiming to be an employee for the period and therefore it was the engager's problem. Signing the the commission schedules and then being paid gross didn't improve his negotiating position! HMRC reckoned he was self employed!
Given the number of years in play and NI only one wonders if it was an NI record problem.
We have one running at the moment. Thankfully the return wasn't that late but the appeal has gone in. We didn't know they had sold, neither the lawyers or the estate agents had heard of the return so didn't raise it with the vendor. The only person who had even heard of the return was me...and nobody told me about the sale.
I suspect that there might be a bit of a backlog in the appeals dept.
We are in the process of trying to help a young woman who has been clobbered for three years of penalties for failing to submit returns. Her only income was PAYE and the net liability was about £170!
£3,900 for £170 of tax: and the officer seems to think that is fair.
The only reason the Revenue issued the returns was because her income is so low that they couldn't recover the tax through her coding and this was the HMRC route to making the debt enforceable.
When HMRC spits out a dummy it can go a long way.
So far HMRC have rejected the appeals against the penalties and now we have requested a review.
'This is proving more challenging than they thought'. thought'.
But not more challenging than most of us thought!
I recall from my training (40 years ago) the advice of sorting the system before computerising; otherwise all you would do is speed up the mess.
With 23,000 pages of tax legislation guess which option our lot have gone for...
HMRC have a touching faith in technology. If we are getting this number of data mis-matches now (see RTI & PAYE payments) what will it be like when they downsize the workforce still further? The computer writes and says there is a discrepancy, you write back and say there isn't; who reads your letter?
...adding 'ers NI:
But that would involve someone at HMRC having to admit that the whole thing is a government generated mess...and that will never happen.