Member Since: 31st Mar 2009
30+years experience in practice and a little bit here n there on the dark-side.
23rd Jul 2020
I wouldn't think it pedantic where you are required to supply personal financial information to a third party. Data relating to a anything but a living human is a different matter, i.e. a limited company.
However, it's my understanding that you need consent under GDPR to pass on personal information (financial or otherwise) and, regardless of what may or may not be in your letter of engagement, it would be prudent to obtain signed off letter of authority to do so.
I wouldn't dream of asking a fellow pro to send me the info without the said authority. If a former client became* such a prat as to refuse to sign one, I'd return the 'clearance' stating that I had no reasons but I would require it before I provide tax returns, etc.
* I wouldn't usually onboard a prat from first meeting (it takes one to know one, eh! )
23rd Jul 2020
On the presumption the date that these employees were last 'paid for' is 29th February:
1) the figure for 6th April 2019 to (Furlough day-1) is all paid plus that non-furlough pay not yet paid for 1st March to 22nd March.
2) Later on the calculator should ask you (well, it did in previous iterations) what they earned between 1st March and 22nd March.
These figures then allow it to allocate NI and pension correctly, where applicable.
For what should be something very simple, they have made the wording of the input requirement from the user ambiguous unless you really read it correctly. It also changes slightly from version to version of the calculator (last seen at v6.3).
Of note for CJRS scheme 2; we are now asked for just the 2019/20 earnings including any pay for periods where furloughed (for most that's just the 9 days). HMRC pushing averages those few pennies lower in this way probably saves them quite a few bob!
29th Jun 2020
Moneysoft here too - I contacted their support wondering if it was their latest update this morning. Apparently, not the only one.
The reply came back (within 15 minutes*) - "It would appear that something gone wrong at HMRCs end and, so I think you can safely ignore those messages."
* what fantastic service that was :-)
22nd May 2020
Been using Telecoms for the past 5 or 6 years - mainly because people were getting all in one contracts from the likes of Sky, UW & others.
On most of the cloud software we use a standard chart of accounts. The sole exception being QB where, like VT, the account numbers are left off. It means that when a client calls to ask "where do I put my mobile to?", it's simple to just say Telecoms (adding 6500 if numbered). Regardless of the system in use, staff & subbies *should* know what's what
15th May 2020
We're explaining that we've no idea about these SEISS claims because HMRC's mum told them not to play with our sort. I may however be required to supervise when dear papa comes over to the office next week (the bargain eBay full PVC hazmat outfit will be donned - just not sure what the rubber ball's for on the face mask!).
Harvesting IP addresses would be rather imprecise and unfair method of finding fraudulent activity in this regard because:
1) several clients arrive with their own devices, log in and show/do stuff on their PTA/BTAs through our broadband access.
2) many of us have non-static IP addresses. So you come up as being in Leicester one hour and Sedburgh the next (it's amazing to see where some websites think you are).
I'd be curious to know if they're collecting MAC addresses though. At a CPD course I've heard it alleged that one accounts software provider does exactly this to prevent pirated copies doubling (or more) of your licences.
It's all a getting more Big Brother...
14th May 2020
Ha - Employees never like it when they have to give back an overpayment!
It's funny how they stay quiet when overpaid, but raise the roof if they've been underpaid...
A client used to say "them same buggers can't add up fuh toffee, n' play stupid too bloody well but, they seemta sense ha'penny short int pay faster than fost pint guz darn of a Thosday night"
5th May 2020
The problem is that many a self-employed data-entry clerk thinks they're a bookkeeper (and holds out their services as such). Whilst the bookkeeper will be competant at data entry, it is less common for the former to be capable in, or understand what is, the proper role of bookkeeper - as you describe so well.
When we come across the situation where a 'bookkeeper' does not see it as their role to balance ledgers, we find it best to drop into a discussion with the client a generalism about the differing nature and roles of data entry clerks, bookkeepers and accountants. The client then gets why they are now paying for corrections that they didn't expect to be required having taken on a 'bookkeeper'.
Now, I'm sure that this will have hit a nerve with some but, $0d it, I'm fed up of clients telling me "now we have a bookkeeper, it'll make your life easier and maybe you can reduce your fee?" when, more often than not, it creates whole new vistas of numbnut incompetence arising from attempting work way above their abilities.
You should also know that I really appreciate a decent honest bookkeeper who knows that we all should work closely together and treat *them* with the respect they deserve. #felloutofbedwrongsidethismorning
1st May 2020
See Carnmores more abridged comment (than my original) above ^^
I don't think it is intended to be a regular thing but it does work.
HMRC would prefer it that you just send the next one in as normal because the 'to date' figures should update but we had issues with that - surpsrise, surprise!
1st May 2020
Resubmission adjustments to PAYE & NI seem to be accounted for in the tax month the RTI system receives them.
Often you find adding up two or more months gets to the correct figures, starting with the last one that agrees. Also, payments are allocated however RTI sees fit, regardless of what last 4 digits a client might put.
We check the year to date on the portal matches the total columns on Moneysoft for quarterly payments and *have a good cry if it doesn't agree, because we know it's the devil itself to identify what their damned system has done!
In passing, one of the more helpful bods at EO&PAYE suggested that there was something new in production that would give agents a better overview and detail. It was, he opined, why the current messy PAYE portal was not being maintained and to treat it as only a loose link to reality.
That was mid-2019 and nothing is visible on the horizon, but I guess they've been busy with something else...
* drink more alcohol
29th Apr 2020
We had the 502 gateway error but it's back now. Just logged in and all seemed ok