Member Since: 31st Jan 2011
13th May 2020
One of my clients, slightly dippy due to the fumes in her nail bar in my opinion, rang first thing to say that her claim had hit a brick wall.
She had successfully set up a new GG (I was pleasantly surprised) but then simply got a message to say that she could claim from 14th May. I gently suggested that maybe she ought to try again tomorrow then, today being the 13th!
13th May 2020
He's doing better than this time last year, yes - but who are we to say if he would not have made even more if not for the virus?
His call, and he's taking responsibility for it by making the declaration, not you.
11th May 2020
The cynic in me is convinced that we will lose some clients who use their newly set up Government Gateway to submit their own tax returns in the future.
The same cynic also thinks that that outcome is something HMRC will relish, as they will be unrepresented and ripe for MTD (where you just have to take pictures of your receipts with your mobile, apparently, using new 'Magic Beans' software) and quarterly payments.
30th Mar 2020
If I can help my clients' businesses survive this crisis, it's in my own long term interests, fee wise. I haven't charged a bean for advice I've given so far, and don't intend to.
I did get a text from a client who complained that as his profits are low because of his high mileage run up under the relatively generous mileage allowance scheme he won't get much support. Good luck arguing that with HMRC - 'I make far more than that, honest!'
That said, if clients are struggling to find a way through this, then I'd help them as much as I could for nothing anyway, it's called basic human decency, we really should be all in this together.
28th Feb 2020
The 'bloke down the pub' has been the bane of my life for years, filling my clients' heads with confused nonsense about what they should be claiming for, how much tax they should really pay, or how much CIS refund they should really be getting. Oh, and National Insurance contributions are strictly voluntary, don'tcha know?
I do what DJKL's dad did, my slightly tatty 17 year old diesel Merc sits on the drive, that's the one the new client sees, only the clients I have had for years and the occasional car nut ever get to see the classic air-cooled 911 that is squirreled away out of sight. An accountant ex-boss of mine had a Roller, it impressed the showbiz type clients he was after, and annoyed the hell out of everyone else who (quite rightly) felt that their fees were helping to pay for it's upkeep!
19th Mar 2015
I got caught by this in mid February. The car I bought was advertised as taxed but the moment I bought it, that became null and void (technically, I still drove it 'up North' to my home from Kidderminster, figuring the DVLA couldn't know at what time that day I'd bought it). The owner will have then received an automatic refund for any unused tax, but from 1st March only.
After some research, I realised I was going to have to tax it myself for the whole of February again, or risk an automated ticket from a camera somewhere, or getting pulled over as any DVLA check by the police would show the vehicle as untaxed. The alternative was to not drive it for 2 weeks until March arrived.
I have a classic car as well, but at 'only' 30 years old it has another 10 years until it gets free road tax. That cut off, originally set at 25 years, has moved away in one direction, while my pension date slowly moves in the other.
12th Sep 2014
The Innkeeper wrote:The specialist firms are like sausage factories.
I have a sausage factory as a client and they are nothing like accountants, believe me, though they do keep a good set of books.
Taxi drivers, on the other hand have appalling records, from my experience, and as a cash business, do attract HMRC attention as 'low hanging fruit'. They also have bumps which generate loss of earnings claims, for which I never once got paid.
12th Sep 2014
I've a client with a scrapyard who claims for a dog's upkeep, however it is a psycho and definitely not a pet, it gets shut up during the working day, but let out to bite chunks out of people who turn up to help themselves to car parts at night. Oddly, despite the fact it makes it very clear it would like to eat me, when the wife and I called by after work one winter's night (while the owner was there!), it wandered into the office with my wife's mittens on its ears - it just let her do it - sexist dog!
I have a cat here 24/7 to guard clients' records from being eaten by mice, but I haven't claimed for him.
24th Feb 2014
Another fake email.
I got a Companies House 'complaint' one last week. No zip file, but no company named either, which made me suspicious. It came via my website contact address, and the sender's IP address in the header led back to that well known CoHo HQ in Chennai, in the Tamil Nadu region of India.
20th Jan 2014
The problem lies with the sad fact that no one in government has ever had a proper job, let alone been self employed.
I think you'll find that the Chancellor of the Exchequer worked for a week at Sefridge's, refolding towels.
In addition to his history degree, he is therefore more than qualified to run our economy.