Excellent! I followed the above link to view the Version 4 exclusions only to be told by GOV.UK that . . .
. . . "We're experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later."
Seriously? After all these years I really shouldn't be surprised by anything that HMRC do.
Isn't it about time that the government started employing some of the naughty hackers we keep reading about? On the evidence, they seem to be far more adept at programming than whomever HMRC is wasting our tax money on.
If the client has not confirmed agreement to the returns then nothing should be filed. Totally unprofessional, in my opinion.
I had a client last year who just dragged his feet on signing the return, despite constant reminders from me that he would be penalised if the return was late.
Yes, I could have filed without waiting for him but then again, it's not MY tax return, it's the CLIENT'S and he has to agree that it is correct before it can be filed.
Besides which, now he's been fined, he'll be a bit quicker this year to avoid another penalty.
I've figured it out
HMRC are not at all interested in us sending letters to clients. They actually do NOT want us to send these letters as, at £300 per firm, non-compliance will bring in more money than taxing interest from non-disclosed offshore accounts. Very clever!
Another HMRC scam
Junked just like all the other HMRC scam mail I get.
Two out of three ain't bad
Firstly, that is an honor reserved for people in Military service for heaven sake.
Secondly, what has she actually achieved?
Freaking Bonkers country this.
1. Respectfully, that honoUr is for civilians too and has been since 1917, I believe.
2. Search me.
3. Only the system.
This is old news. The Independent is playing catchup.
This is rather old news as the BBC covered it 3 months ago.
Do listen to the Radio 4 podcast [http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02s9bz2.], it's very interesting.
It is not a legal requirement for passengers to show boarding cards when buying goods.
Lighten up, my dear.
And obviously pedantry. Actually the cashier was male so the 'her' referred to in every case was my client.
This is the silly season after all.
Pedantic? Maybe. I have found it to have been an extremely useful trait when preparing accounts and tax returns over the past **hrmmph** years. Accuracy is everything and ensuring that the information provided cannot be misinterpreted is very important.
In this instance, you knew the cashier was a male but failed to pass on that vital nugget of information to us readers. Therefore, the sentence in question was obviously ambiguous and capable of misinterpretation, deliberate or otherwise.
But as I said initially, lighten up. Smile. Have fun now because the silly season ends tomorrow night.
Philanthropy still thrives.
Just spoken to an elderly client who popped into her bank with HMRC account details which I had given her and helpful cashier stuck her debit card into the chip & pin machine and did a faster payment there and then.
That's wonderful! Now, if you can just give me the bank address and the name of the cashier, I'll go and see her since she is using her own debit card to pay other people's tax bills.
Tax doesn't have to be taxing, unless you have to deal with HMRC
I have just spent almost 45 minutes speaking to a client over the telephone trying to explain how she can pay her tax. The problem is that she doesn't want to pay over the internet and cannot mail off a cheque until tomorrow evening which means it'll arrive late at HMRC. She has been waiting for the usual Xmas reminder/payslip.
So I suggested telephone banking or pop into her bank or local Post Office. Use the payslip they sent you with the reminder, I said. "What payslip? What reminder?" That's when I discovered that they no longer exist. Caca!
OK. Let's try this another way. Download a payslip [SA361] from the HMRC website. "Simple enough", she said. "Hang on though, at the very bottom where it says PRINT, it says this cannot be used at a bank or Post Office."
She is now going to hunt through her previous years' paperwork and try and find an old payslip to use.
This is absolutely ludicrous!
Best part of an (unchargeable) hour wasted by me plus my client's time and whatever extra time she spends searching for an old payslip. She never got the reminder email (mentioned in this article) from HMRC but then how could she since they don't have her email address.
How stupid is HMRC? Sorry, that's a rather rhetorical question and I know the answer anyway.
Except that . . .
. . . the post in question from Paul Scholes states 21%. Not 2% and not 20%.
Just sayin'. :-)
Manchester_man wrote:Quoted from the article “It is actually so easy to do and you can scribble on a piece of scrap paper, turnover, less expenses, less 2% to give you available for divs, so, given the risks of not doing it, why would you not do so?” This appears to be a typo. 2% should be 20%.
Manchesterman - yes I know about the typo - it is 20% but I had to quote directly and Paul wrote 2% I suppose I should have included a brackets saying it was 20% but I thought that readers would know that and what I wanted was to show how straightforward the procedure is.