Member Since: 26th Sep 2005
11th Jan 2018
Thank you everyone for your input. The client explained to the other accountant that he is my client so clearly he should not have advised him as well, this is where the ethics comes in.
Under the circumstances this client will be going, he is difficult anyway.
9th May 2017
A few years ago I would have said no, but the method clients use to communicate with me has changed so I've changed with it. They seem to do it anyway as if they have your mobile number it comes up on their whatsapp. I'd definitely use it more for business, it's probably more professional than texting.
19th Apr 2017
Thanks for your help. I presume also that we cannot claim capital allowances on this?
18th Apr 2017
Thanks, it was £6000 personal training course/qualification
17th Jan 2015
Thanks for your comments. This is basically consultancy work for a power generating scheme which once completed will make money in the future, hence the arrangement to pay the consultants in this way.
16th Jan 2015
Thanks for your response. This doesn't have anything to do with tax avoidance, but relates to the fact that their client will make money from the scheme that the three consultants are working on, therefore repaying them over the next twenty years. They are only concerned about their PI insurance in case there is a claim against them. As I know one of the consultants quite well he is very honest and above board.
It does sound like a strange scheme but knowing the circumstances I can see where it comes from.
Do you think there is any way they can avoid paying tax in this first year as no money will be received from their client?
23rd Jan 2014
Take it in your stride if you can
I have been involved in a few inspections, and they are stressful for everyone concerned. However they need to be dealt with confidently and unfotunately are part of an accountan'ts work.
In terms of taking on new clients, I have the same paranoia about MLR. This however is not helpful in growing your business! I have kept most of the old clients from pre-MLR and thankfully the new ones are not involved in anything I need to report. It does however make me very suspicious of people when I have the initial consultation with them.
29th Apr 2013
This is the first time I have used a payroll package for doing my client's wages as I only have one at the moment who has a payroll. I chose 12PAY primarily as it was free. After a little fiddling around I managed to get it working well and the RTI submission went! I was impressed for free software.
7th Mar 2013
Response to your comments
Thank you for responding to my post. Clearly the client did not use your payroll company as you are obviously somewhat more professional. I apologise if this sounded to be a generalisation, however I was horrified that this particular company misinterpreted the information on the forms without querying it. They were, as I recall, quite a large payroll bureau as well. I am sure that continued bad practice by them would result in them gaining a bad reputation.
6th Mar 2013
I would suggest treading carefully. I was working for a client who outsourced payroll to a bureau. It turned out they did all the data input in India! If the client hadn't filled in the boxes correctly they misinterpreted the information, as they had no idea of UK pay rates. One month two employees were paid 0.60p an hour rather than £6.00! This was allowed to to through by the UK bureau workers who supposedly supervised this. If the client wanted it re-done they had to pay twice.