I have been accounting for over 50 years eventually selling my old practice in 2010. By popular demand I found it necessary to re-establish a practice in 2016. I am a qualified FFA/FIPA. Between 2010 and 2016 I worked as a consultant.
Married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren, my other interests are recreational cricket, table tennis, classical music and quizzes.
I have no interest whatsoever in social media which I consider, in the main, to be very anti-social!
Sent it to the DUP, I think.
They all have vested interests and in the end they are more interested in looking after number 1 than protecting their members from Government and HMRC bullying.
I have said before that we need to lobby Parliament and I would like to think that somehow we could arrange for a demonstration on Parliament Green attended by accountants from up and down the land. If we invite the media to attend this may be the best way to bring the MTD issue to the public's attention. Then perhaps people will understand that the NI fiasco (or deliberate ruse, as I see it) will pale into insignificance. I can't quite see MTD riots resulting but it might bring the powers that be to their senses.
The more I have seen the responses to MTD on AWEB the more I am convinced that we practitioners need to join together and make our presence felt in Parliament. I doubt that the Government understands the anger that MTD is causing, even though the House of Lords report is out there for all to see.
As extensive as that report is, it still does not go the full distance in covering our dismay and outrage at these preposterous proposals.
I am sure that HMRC are laughing their heads off at our inadequate response to their disgraceful abuse of power.
I am seriously proposing that an Accountancy Profession Action Group (APAG) be formed with the sole object of getting MTD abolished.
Without this action being taken a huge section of the accountancy profession will be destroyed - not yet perhaps, but within a few years. Not to mention our clients who may well suffer the same fate.
I hope these comments are seen by Prof. Richard Murphy, whose support and leadership we need.
If any organisations representing small, or even larger businesses wish to join this crusade, for that is what it is, all the better.
re MTD (Making Tax Diabolical) keep writing to the press, House of Commons Treasury Committee, House of Lords Finance Committee and anyone else you think might publicise this awful idea. Don't think about postponing it. ABOLISH IT.