Member Since: 2nd Dec 2014
12th Feb 2020
How long does it take to explain the charge? How long does it take to prepare and issue the invoice? How long does it take in additional credit control admin? I'm not that desperate for £20! I treat my clients like the busy human beings that they are, occasionally they mess up and forget appointments. It is rare though and if someone does then I contact them afterwards in a nice way and invite them to rearrange.
11th Sep 2019
Right now it has to be HMRCs website and the new Agent Services Account, which displays nothing at all, is impossible to find without an external browser search, and whose stupid idea was it to make it look identical to the existing agent account?! They need one screen with 3 links to log-in i.e click here to login for personal gateway accounts, click here for old agent accounts and click here for new agent services account
24th May 2018
23rd May 2018
Totally agree 100%. Have used IRIS before - it was clunky and hellishly expensive. I bet lots of current Taxfiler customers feel exactly the same way
4th Aug 2017
Surely they must wait until after 5th October before they issue these? We have until 5th October to notify HMRC that a 2016/17 Tax Return is required. So issuing a "simple assessment" before a "customer" has perhaps notified them of a new self-employment for example seems to be jumping the gun.
26th May 2017
Certainly not getting any better - they still haven't fixed the incorrect cancelling of Class 2 charges declared on SA Returns. Just received a "correction" to our clients 2017 Tax Return. Drives me insane! It surely wouldn't take a year to come up with a bit of computer code to at least stop the auto sending of revised tax calculations where the only difference is the Class 2 reported so that it can go onto a list to be checked properly! I did computer studies about 30 years ago and even then you could set up IF and THEN type commands. IF they can't sort out relatively simple things like this THEN they should hit the ESC key for MTD
5th Apr 2017
OMG! I have lots of clients that are in a Partnership, have a separate sole trade and letting income so I make that 16 submissions for those clients per year. HMRC won't make a penny more out of them (I doubt we will either!)
1st Mar 2017
I think you need to find an accountant that can also give you some QuickBooks training so that this works for you, plus get you linked up to something like Receipt Bank that can automate a lot of the pain you currently experience as you just take a picture of your receipt/invoice on your phone through the app and it feeds through to your QB Accounts. I don't have any connection to either company other than as an accountancy practice customer. Both online sites have a "Find an accountant" Directory so that you can have a look at the services available in your area along with other factors such as price, qualifications, reputation (not necessarily in that order before I start a war on here!) I wouldn't have thought you would need to have an accountant working for you full time we have clients with Turnovers of over £1 million that don't have a full time accountant! They do have admin/bookkeeping assistance which is of course at a much lower cost. A decent accountant is worth paying more than "mates rates" for as they may be able to save you tax and more importantly your time so that you can concentrate on growing your businesses. You are unlikely to be in North East Scotland where I'm based but if you are and want a chat let me know!
1st Feb 2017
An earlier poster has hit the nail on the head - what on earth are we supposed to do with this when we still aren't being told the threshold? I want to embrace this I really do, I loved the idea of SA when it came in, no more endless estimates/appeals/commissioners hearings/determinations and I was an early advocate of ELS and later FBI. I hate the stress of November, December and January so I like the idea that this annual cycle will be gone - it's human nature to leave everything to the last minute regardless of how short the deadline is. But to do a repeat of today four times a year - omg! I feel quite ill thinking about it. How do we go about training our IT illiterate clients in such a short timescale if we leave it until this summer to start trying as well as dealing with the 2017 Tax Return workload. Is the alternative to go through our client list now and disengage(by post of course as they "don't do IT) with all those that we know we won't be able to give us the information we need quarterly , won't be able to pay our fees, and won't be able to simply photograph all of their receipts and invoices. When is HMRC going to make the general public aware of this massive change? Or are they expecting us to try and do that - for free of course?! As an aside I have to say I'm really disappointed at the number of e-mails hitting my Inbox from Accounting web on MTD that mostly tell us absolutely nothing new, in our busiest month and the flood of downloadable reports on here that are just a blatant sales pitch for software providers and don't get me started on the hugely patronising one that came in today telling us just to breathe through it and relax! To be fair I had time to read it, I was managing to breathe and I was lucky enough to be able to grab lunch but I didn't the last few years and I know others would've been worse off!
Edit - prompted by a later thread on this post from David I've found a government petition - if it can get 100,000 signatures it has to be debated in Parliament - time to blow the lid of this stupidity from HMRC?! https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/167738