Member Since: 1st Apr 2008
14th Feb 2020
We have the same issue currently & adopt your approach - had the police out a few years ago mid January over it.
The cheek of it is staggering though - not a hint of contrition, more a bewildering sense of entitlement that it's some God given right to park where you choose. One lad even tried to claim he was legally entitled to park as there was no sign saying otherwise.
11th Feb 2020
I agree, you would need to have a convincing reason that the increased turnover was down to a specific, identifiable event/circumstance. I had one granted for an electrician who got involved with contracting for a renovation that we were able to satisfy HMRC that was a one off project not likely to be repeated and outwith his normal pattern of trade - the fact he burned his fingers on a job outside his comfort zone may have helped.
Speaking with HMRC probably wasn't the best move to be honest. How did this come to light on figures from 18 months ago?
6th Feb 2020
This is the company selling the software that charges per check telling you this is it?
5th Feb 2020
I can't believe what I am hearing - what steps did you take to ascertain his identity cross referenced against a data base of PEPS? , at what point did he sign an engagement letter?
How often does MDTP dispense unregulated tax advice in exchange for pints - at £3.67 average then any more than 5 times a week would exceed his trading allowance - you'd better report him to be on the safe side.
4th Feb 2020
I suspect that this firm will have copies of the various Engagement Letters and Terms & Conditions that back up this approach no doubt all of which your client neglected to bother to glance at.
I'd assume they would not be regulated accountants given the cavalier methods but then I'd imagine this would actually suit more of the drivers than not.
What good do you think will come from a complaint?
2nd Feb 2020
Everything that has been said so far is an accurate reflection of my experience that maybe doesn't quite do justice to the soul crushing boredom you will encounter listening to to the most inane bullshit every week. If I'm being entirely honest, you might even be able to do reasonably well out of it but you'd have to weigh it against the alternatives and your sanity. "My name is Hank from Strickland Propane and I sell propane and propane accessories", "I'm Henry and I sell a different kind of propane accessories" x every bloody week.
21st Jan 2020
In my experience, no. It is one of the areas they are utterly inflexible on and usually claim it is in fact impossible although they can manage to stick in whatever takes their fancy at any other time.
21st Jan 2020
Much the same as you but with a reluctance to proactively seek advice.
16th Jan 2020
Glad to see you are so up to date with you tax returns you can take on the problems of the legal profession.
I'm assuming the intransigent Trustee Aunt is your client in which case, if she won't take the advice of her own solicitor, why do you think she will listen to you?
The cynic in me believes that even if the potential tax liability can be conclusively disproved she will come up with another reason not to make the payments.
16th Jan 2020
With respect, I doubt your solution while no doubt effective and beneficial enough to the client was so original it is anything worth this level of bother to protect.
I'm not entirely sure I follow here though - why does the client use the services of a an accountant they deem incompetent? If you were happy enough to accept the consulting work, why not take on the rest as accepted and make a proper job of it?