Member Since: 2nd Aug 2001
26th Feb 2015
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, or the law of unintended consequences - take your pick.
It won't matter in a few years to an honest "hard-working" (the politicians favourite word) accountant who is deceived by his client and is caught by some poorly thought out and politically motivated legislation intended to catch a larger and different kind of fish altogether, and who then spends several stressful years trying to prove his innocence.
This is pre-election posturing - pandering to the public with vague but cynical platitudes on tax evasion in order to try and win a few votes.
16th Feb 2015
Stick & carrot
Nowhere in this discussion paper does it say what HMRC want to achieve in terms of the timing of SA returns. Do they prefer a steady 10% a month over 10 months to ease their workflow? if so there should be an incentive payment to those that file early in the return window.
Secondly, the public and ourselves seem to meekly accept the hugely unbalanced and unfair system we are operating under. One day late and a £100 fine. Yet, try writing a letter to HMRC and see if you get a credible reply within three months. Or try sorting out a PAYE refund in a single phone call. As they impose such harsh terms on us they should accept the same professional standards and we should be able to levy "fines" on late, inadequate or non-existent responses.
Thirdly, penalties which turn out to be incorrectly imposed should be "punished" with a double refund. At the moment there is no downside to HMRC sending out thousands of incorrect penalties but if they had to pay back £200 for every £100 penalty sent out in error it might concentrate their minds on them getting it right first time.
The system is completely one-sided and we're letting them get away with it!
21st Aug 2013
Why get rid of a very sensible, relatively straight forward and easy to submit return? It's the one opportunity each year to tell the world at large (if they're interested) the up-to-date basics about your company. Failure to submit on time is in itself a warning sign that all might not be well.
It would be a backward step to get rid of this simple requirement.
10th Aug 2012
Agree with the "£100 times
Agree with the "£100 times several thousand" point. However, any right-minded person reading the Ballie report will have no trouble distinguishing between a tax-payer who has tried his utmost to sort this out in a reasonable way and a dysfunctional bullying and apparently unaccountable organisation who made error after error in this case, the final error being to pursue this into the public domain where they now look stupid - all for £100.
It's not that a win for HMR&C would have strengthened their hand on late returns, it's a case that - once the facts were set out - they were never going to win and the fact it was over £100 makes it absurd.
10th Aug 2012
Out of Proportion
What worries me about this shambles is that HMR&C were happy to pursue this case as far as they could in an attempt to enforce just £100. At no stage of the process did anyone at HMR&C seemed capable or empowered to look at the correspondence and ask "Why are we doing this?"
30th Jun 2008
What on earth is going on??
My recommendation is to remind all HMRC staff from time to time that they must:
1 treat all data as though it related to them or their family.
2 not release or send any data without checking the identity of the recipient
3 use only designated methods of transmitting data whether computer based or paper.
4 assume that if you lose data someone will find it and hand it to theSun newspaper.
HMRC - you can have this for free.
26th Apr 2006
Another unhappy customer just checking in.
Whilst I accept that complex software can go wrong from time to time, what is unacceptable is the lack of proper customer support from IRIS. At no time in the past month have I been able to even get in a queue, never mind speak to their support team. Instead I had two slow email responses which didn't solve my problem and I never did get an answer to my third request - I had to get a software expert in to repair the problem which we suspect IRIs could have solved in a few minutes - instead it took five days in total.
What makes this even worse for me is that my problem was to do with the mystery corruption of my back up and restore files and not year end related at all but because it happened now I'm caught up in the year end shambles.
If IRIS are reading this - you have some serious making up to do to your customers, if they still are customers.
3rd Feb 2005
Gunners to come unstuck
Arsenal's defeat on Tuesday means that they will need to concentrate on the Champions League and FA Cup so they are likely to rest a few regulars against Palace in the Premiership on Saturday the 12th. Therefore the value trade would be to lay Arsenal to lose £125, probably at odds on, meaning that a win for Palace or a draw will provide a return of at least 100%.