Member Since: 7th Jul 2009
Former HMRC Inspector
7th Nov 2014
As a former investigator, I would not usually send a Sch 36 notice out unless I estimated that 35 days had gone past from when I expected the agent to have received the opening letter, and there had been no contact from agent.
Unless, that is, I had previous bad experiences with that agent.
So yes, I believe that HMRC was perhaps a bit "previous". I agree with others that a phonecall is best way to follow up, if you have a number for the person who sent the letter.
3rd Jun 2014
Are you sure that the file on your desktop is the .pst file & not a shortcut to it?
3rd Jul 2013
That was certainly the case in "the old days" when inspectors had a "patch" & knew their customers as well as agents. Not so now.
2nd Jul 2013
Have I got this right? Client has not complied with his obligations under S8 until HMRC came calling. Now he expects instant action?
23rd Oct 2012
Life of Pi
Nice one, Dogbreath.
23rd Oct 2012
Just moved from an Apple 3GS to an S3. I considered the IP5 but didn't like the size configuration, or the Maps that come with OS6.
Plus in general, I like to go for Open Source, rather than the stalinism of Apple.
I've had the phone for a week, am now used to it, & think it's the dog's! Plus I can expand the memory & have just ordered a 32Gb card for all my music. The only downside is having to pay to replace apps.
30th Jul 2012
Agree with Simon Lever.
Failure to notify chargeabilty is an offence.
If there is additional tax due as a result, expect HMRC to charge penalties under the new provisions of Sch 41.
21st May 2012
The legislation is clear on time limits.
On the facts as described, Olin will apply; the information was sufficient to allow a reasonably competent inspector to make an enquiry. So, case closed.
23rd Apr 2010
the lunatics have taken over the asylum
I fear you are falling into two classic errors:
First, thinking "HMRC" is a person. It is not. It's full of people mostly doing the best they can against the problems you allude to in your next two paragraphs. I have yet in any capacity, to see somone who doesn't want to do a good job (leaving abailty aside!). However, organisational systems sometime have a negative effect (wow, how diplomatic was that?)
Second, thinking there was some "Golden Age". Alas no, it was just different. It was the age of paper, not IT. And before you charge with your hot breath on the apalling HMRC IT, please remember that in common with all-so far as I know- public sector IT projects, they are outsourced. Now that's another argument!
21st Apr 2010
I can assure you that HMRC staff read AW. Sometimes with amusemnt, sometimes with sympathy!
Although not all staff have Internet access at work, some are sad enough to read (& post) at home!