HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
Dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), who have to endure the monumental shambles that is HMRC.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Justice Costs - Charge For Tribunal Appeals

The government has proposed introducing fees for individuals appealing decisions to the tax tribunal as part of broader reforms to civil court funding, which also include increasing fees levied on divorce proceedings.

The Law Society has warned that the government’s plans to rebalance the costs of the judicial system threaten not only to undermine the principle of universal access to independent rulings, but also to tip the balance of power in disputes towards the tax authority.

As per the FT:
The government is effectively selling justice by saying that you need to pay for the courts,” said Jonathan Smithers, the Law Society’s president.

To fight charges levied by one branch of government, you would have to pay another division of government . . . It leads to a feeling there’s a fairly heavy-handed state.
Taxpayers can appeal to the first-tier tribunal, which is independent of government, when they dispute internal rulings made by HMRC. 

The Ministry of Justice, which is consulting on its proposals, has suggested fees of between £50 and £200 for referring cases to the first-tier tax tribunal, with hearing fees to range from £200 to £1,000 depending on their complexity. Appeals to the upper tribunal would incur an initial fee of £100, plus up to £2,000 for a hearing.

Justice now comes at a price, meaning that many people people will be put off appealing an HMRC ruling; which is exactly what the government wants!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

HMRC's Tsunami of New Powers


The FT reports that the UK is preparing to triple the number of prosecutions of “serious and complex” tax evaders using a "tsunami" (a quote made by a nameless tax official) of proposed new powers.

An HMRC unit, combining civil and criminal investigations teams, will spearhead a crackdown that George Osborne claims will increase tax revenue by £7.2BN.

However, as with all hyped promises of greater tax revenues, it is likely HMRC will end up going for easy to pick low hanging fruit rather than those with top notch lawyers and tax advisers.

Even the Office for Budget Responsibility has raised doubts about the extent to which the planned new tax measures will help the chancellor close the deficit.

The proposals include introducing “strict liability” in tax cases. This would mean that claiming evasion had been accidental would be no defence unless there was a “reasonable excuse”. A second is for a charge that could be brought against companies, rather than individual executives or directors, that evade tax, as well as the agents that help them.

It is noteworthy that HMRC are loudly reminding everyone that the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility is to close at the end of this year. This indicates that HMRC may not be as confident as it claims about being able to hit high targets with its new powers.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Building Our Future III


A loyal reader advises me that Building Our Future III has been announced within HMRC.

BOF III being a mandatory event wherein uncertain miserable HMRC are told that HMRC's 2020 vision and "corporate" image/brand is written in stone.

Sadly the invites to these events are going out to all and sundry, including those about to be made redundant.

On the plus side, there will be free tea and coffee!


Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

HMRC's Dividend Allowance Rules


On 17 August HMRC published its Dividend Allowance Factsheet:
"From April 2016 the Dividend Tax Credit will be replaced by a new tax-free Dividend Allowance.
The Dividend Allowance means that you won’t have to pay tax on the first £5,000 of your dividend income, no matter what non-dividend income you have.

The allowance is available to anyone who has dividend income.

Headline rates of dividend tax are also changing. 

You’ll pay tax on any dividends you receive over £5,000 at the following rates:
  • 7.5% on dividend income within the basic rate band
  • 32.5% on dividend income within the higher rate band
  • 38.1% on dividend income within the additional rate band
This simpler system will mean that only those with significant dividend income will pay more tax.
If you’re an investor with modest income from shares, you’ll see either a tax cut or no change in the amount of tax you owe.

Dividends received by pension funds that are currently exempt from tax, and dividends received on shares held in an Individual Savings Account (ISA), will continue to be tax free. 

From April 2016 you have to apply the new headline rates on the amount of dividends you actually receive, where the income is over £5,000 (excluding any dividend income paid within an ISA).

The Dividend Allowance will not reduce your total income for tax purposes. However, it will mean that you don’t have any tax to pay on the first £5,000 of dividend income you receive.

Dividends within your allowance will still count towards your basic or higher rate bands, and may therefore affect the rate of tax that you pay on dividends you receive in excess of the £5,000 allowance."
The latter paragraph means that some people may be pushed into the higher rate tax bracket.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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Monday, 24 August 2015

No CATO


HMRC is to retire the current corporation tax (CT) online filing form and replace it with a basic online tool.

All very well and "modern" of HMRC, except that the proposed free online tool will no longer be available for agents.

The “new, improved” company tax return and company accounts filing service is called Company Accounts and Tax Online (CATO).

Accounting Web quote HMRC:
CATO is an online service which companies will access using their own filing credentials, unlike the existing HMRC free filing software, which uses a form downloaded from the internet.
HMRC acknowledged that agents will not be able to use CATO.
 
The Institute of Certified Practising Accountants (ICPA) is less than pleased:
Just how will that work? 
 
What if the company pass their own filing credentials to their accountant?
Are HMRC really saying that a company’s duly appointed and trusted agent cannot be allowed access? 

Are they so angry with agents that they are spitefully excluding that small number of small practices that use the free software on behalf of their clients?

And how are they to monitor or police this? 

Will there be a fine if a company ask their accountant to help out because they are getting in a mess?
HMRC said:
We understand that some agents are concerned about the withdrawal of the free HMRC software and the need in future to use commercial software to file company accounts and company tax returns on behalf of clients.”
It is expected that is will cost agents around £250 to buy software that will enable them to file on their clients' behalf. 
 
HMRC adding costs to process of tax collection!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



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Friday, 21 August 2015

HMRC's Internal Communications Problems!


My thanks to a loyal reader who sent me this response that he received from the supposedly "merged" HMRC yesterday, in relation to a query he submitted one month ago:
"Dear Xxxx Xxxxxx

Reference:

Thank you for your e-mail.

You have submitted your query to the VAT Online Services Helpdesk and not the HMRC Online Services Helpdesk. Unfortunately, I am not able to send this to them internally. Please resubmit your enquiry selecting the appropriate area of tax at the link below:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/contactus/online-services.htm

Alternatively, you can call them on 0300 200 3600.

Regards,
VAT Online Services Helpdesk
"
Well done lads!
 
Tax does have to be taxing.

Professional Cover Against the Threat of Costly TAX and VAT Investigations

Insurance to protect you against the cost of enquiry or dispute with HMRC is available from several sources including Solar Tax Investigation Insurance.

Ken Frost has negotiated a 10% discount on any polices that may suit your needs.

However, neither Ken Frost nor HMRCISSHITE either endorses or recommends their services.

What is Solar Tax Investigation Insurance?

Solar Tax Investigation Insurance is a tax-fee protection service that will pay up to £75,000 towards your accountant's fees in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs full enquiry or dispute.

To find out more, please use this link Solar Tax Investigation Insurance



HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"