Tuesday 23 August 2016

HMRC's "Common Sense"

As part of what it terms a ‘common sense approach’, HMRC says all unincorporated businesses and landlords with annual incomes below £10,000 will be entirely exempted from the new obligations for quarterl reporting.

All very nice maybe. However, £10K is piss pathetically low.

Why on earth choose such a low threshold?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. Its such a low threshold because contrary to spin about 'common sense', HMRC and in particular the senior management team have never known the first thing about common sense.

  2. Common Sense? No!
    Common Purpose? Yes!
    They must have worn out a whiteboard over this one.
    LEAN? Fallen over more like.
    Today on The Muppet Show, brought to you by the letter 3 and the number T or is it the otherway around, and todays word is CHAOS.
    ROFL (dog that played the piano?)

    1. Surprised they find time for whiteboard meetings...little time left in the day after doing the important stuff like playing bingo, eating cakes and bullying staff.

  3. I remember well the good old days of IiP and the 'bullshit bingo' paper that circulated widely amongst the old C&E. All the good managers, of which there were many, used to pass this on to their staff for their amusement as well.
    Years later, along came HMRC and the abomination known as LEAN/Pacesetter, the direct result of which was that the piece of paper had to increase in size to accomodate the amount of words including Japanese, that this latest 'sanke oil sales' technique had spawned!
    Indeed, this blog carried a report referring to the number of pages HMRC had incorporated into their intranet pages with explanations for the oriental words.

  4. Du'oh - snake oil peeps!

  5. I have heard that people are even required to STAND around the pacesetter whiteboards, which are then available for others to take pictures of and distribute on social media. Surely this can't be true?

    1. I had to laugh at some graffiti in a local HMRC office toilet. Above the bog roll holder someone had written in a rather neat copperplate script "Pacesetter accreditation certificate. Please take one..." I disagreed with this heartily. Waz roll is useful.

  6. It certainly had been the case that people were told they had to stand when having the daily workgroup meeting (DWGM)in front of the whiteboards. This did not last and my team usually all sit round the board. DWGMs are few and far between now, as we need to be on the phone all the time. Never saw anyone take pictures.

    1. DWGM aka 'hub time folks'!
      This was the signal for the workers to gather and listen with reverence to the message from the Great OZ and was followed by great caterwailing and dragging of feet as the taskmasters (Lean acolytes) cracked the stinging whips and rounded up those shirking and hiding in far flung places attempting to evade their daily brainwashing attempt by management, 100% failure rate as the masses had long ago learned to smile and nod at all the important points to ensure they got in line for a meagre bonus at the end of year flaying aka performance review.

  7. Ah, the indomitable whiteboards, remember them well, created hazards to staff in inverse proportion to any gains from having the damn things;

    trip hazard - to such an extent that the protruding feet had to be covered with high viz hazard marking yellow/black tape, didn't cure the problem, made it your fault for not observing a clearly marked hazard!

    injury by collapse of heavy object - these things were like a mini engineering project to put together, if incorrectly assembled including not torqing the nuts correctly, these heavy items could collapse when being touched (like writing on them) let alone when being moved e.g. because they were blocking or obstructing fire exits, solutions, supposedly only authorised staff to complete the 'meccano kit' having first read and signed, in blood, the instructions, as for obstructing fire exits, well, if there's a fire move the bloody thing, just pray it doesn't disable the fleeing staff in the process!

    blocking/obstructing fire exits - they really know how to undertake risk assessments in HMRC, not!

    writing on whiteboards in ink colours diufficult to read - self applied cure, don't bother reading them...

    then there was the 4-sided demon on castors that was rolled around with graphs and sound bites plastered all over it - this abomination had cost £1800 and was a laughiung stock amongst staff.

    Still, makes you wonder?

    Management, my arse, they do make Kermit & Co. look efficient though.