Member Since: 5th Mar 2013
17th Mar 2016
How do we fight back?
Flood HMRC with paper and they will be forced to stop and discuss the problems with us. All it needs is someone to coordinate and accountants who can see the benefits.
15th Mar 2016
I have said this a hundred times - the only way to fight back is to submit everything on paper. Swamp HMRC with paper and they will quickly start to listen or drown. The problem is that accountants cannot organise themselves. The institutes couldn't give a damn about us they are too busy enjoying being the centre of attention. What have they ever done for us? Maybe the ICPA could get something organised? I will retire in a short time so I leave my fellow accountants (qualified and unqualified) to enjoy the fruits of their apathy
14th Mar 2016
What can one expect?
If you have a committee populated with members who have never run a business or prepared a set of accounts this sort of stupidity is the inevitable result !
Not everything in the garden is rosy but they are trying to repair the parts which are not broken and this sort of tinkering will only do harm
Thank God I am in the process of selling the practise and getting the hell out of this profession
8th Mar 2016
There is a way
I have said for years that HMRC is a law unto themselves. The only way to make HMRC cooperate on a partnership basis is refuse to submit anything electronically that can be submitted on paper. The effect of accountants working together as a group and swamping HMRC with paper would be to make them see sense and talk to a representative of the group. The Institutes have no interest in supporting their members but perhaps the ICPA could coordinate such an event?
9th Nov 2015
Like Mr Maas I too have strong views about the status of tax agents. If he saw some of the cases we have to sort out which result from unqualified people setting themselves up as accountants and taking a percentage of the refund he would soon change his mind. I am in agreement with the HMRC Strategy as should any self respecting tax adviser be.
An example might help: A hospital porter consults a so called accountant who prepares a tax return containing over £8000 of "allowable" expenses. Need I say more?
10th Sep 2015
I have received letters from HMRC recently asking for the information being requested to be delivered in less than 14 days. What the hell do these fools expect. Are we supposed to simply clear our desks and see to their requests? They can't answer a letter in less than 6 weeks but we should disrupt the work of the office to see to their demands. The whole point is that they are hell bent on imposing fines and penalties and turning down genuine claims.
HMRC are rapidly becoming a disgrace to Britain
7th Sep 2015
So what's so unusual?
I can think of far more appropriate words than callous or unconscionable. These people have absolutely no understanding of the pain that tax causes the small trader. They give the impression that all thy are interested in is abusing the powers available to them. Those who attempt to make it on their own cannot expect fair or impartial treatment from the Revenue, let alone support or assistance.
6th Jul 2015
Tell them till you are blue in the face
We can complain, talk to them, shout at them - anything and the result will be the same. There will be no movement. HMRC will do whatever they want with no regard for us despite the fact that we take more and more work off them. The only way to get them to change is what I have preached for years DO NOT SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY. A PAPER PROTEST! If we swamp them in paper then they will start to listen but until then don't waste your time.
15th Jun 2015
What do you think?
Of course we don't fill in the CWF1/SA1 what I was pointing out is the waste the Revenue create.
Having said that can somebody explain to me how we are going to get the Revenue to listen to us if we take the work off their hands. We should be sending in every possible communication on paper. Drown them in paper! until they start to fulfil our needs - like agent dedicated lines and telephone numbers that are not engaged for days on end (and at 11.00 at night)
We accountants are so badly organised ad represented
12th Jun 2015
Just thinking about it
The more I think about it the more I would like to chair that independent review. I'd be happy with just a mediocre salary say 75% of what McP receives plus 10% of any savings I introduced. I would retire in luxury after 2 years