Member Since: 31st Jan 2011
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.
4th Feb 2013
Insurance x 2
My home insurers cancelled my policy when they found out I had clients visit my home, despite the fact that the MLO regs mean they have to prove exactly who they are.
Sainbury's bank took me on with no problem.
I've worked from home for years, and used to worry that I'd get assessed for business rates, but I've dealt with the local council many times, and it's never come up.
4th Feb 2013
No problems here
I only use it for a few partnerships and any new jobs that come on board too late for a 64-8 to get processed, but yes, no delays and no problems. I found being able to email myself a printable, signable tax calculation particularly useful.
2nd Jan 2013
More usual suspects...
Quite a few, there are 6 jobs in my hallway, which I'll start once I finish the 12/12 VAT Returns.There are always the ones who crawl out of the woodwork at the last minute, they're not the cheapest jobs I do, but they never have the brass neck to complain about it. Oh, and me of course, I do that last as it doesn't pay anything! :)
The smug person with zero, nada, nothing needs to advertise more, there is work out there, honest!
23rd Jul 2012
Deleting ex clients
I have given up trying to delete ex clients, as however many times I try they won't go away!
One did restart self employment, however, so there can be an upside.
And don't get me started on repayment claims that vanish without trace!
4th Jul 2012
Now I know what 'HMD' stands for, I don't understand how it can ever be said by a woman, unless she is actually a pre-op trannie.
(Joke, in case her lawyers are Googling).