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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Football Is Flavour of The Month at HMRC


The Telegraph reports that the investigation into the tax affairs of professional football clubs by HMRC is scrutinising the basic salaries paid to academy scholars to decide whether they meet minimum wage regulations.

HMRC is understood to be investigating whether the number of hours a week that scholars spend training and playing games equates pro rata to the government minimum wage, set at £3.50 an hour for an apprentice.

Clearly football is flavour of the month at HMRC.

I assume HMRC "away days" to football clubs/games etc are now off the menu?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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14 comments:

  1. I wonder if the "away days" at football club are an improper use of public money?

    Look at the evidence. Such venues are iconic, luxury & popular, meaning the cost would be considerable. However we all know there are cheaper, more austere(but still very comfortable & fit for purpose) venues available. They even have space in their own buildings which could be used, with a little planning which would have no cost to the taxpayer.

    It is wholly unacceptable for HMRC to have fancy football away days just because the venues are rather nice. How on earth can it ever be justified?

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    1. HMRC also regularly use the function room facilitates at many of the Premiership football clubs for events with titles such as 'Mismanaging Change', ' Botching Our Future' 'and ' The Curse of Digitalisation'.

      We are initially 'invited' to these events and when/if they don't fill we are told attendance is mandatory - we would rather be doing the job we are paid for rather than bored to within inches of death by self important VIP's dull speeches, the odd poorly produced ten minuite propaganda film with a cast of firm person creeps come screen stars for a day to spout muffled, inaudible words - then finally a concluding Q&A session that leaves you with a strong suspicion that some of those asking the questions are firms person creeps planted there.

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  2. The 'regular use' of function rooms at PL football clubs, presumably in the London area on what we know, is a scandal which is surely in the public interest and needs to be brought to the attention the telegraph, mail, express etc. An unacceptable use of taxpayers money when cheaper facilities are available.

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    1. It's happening at footy grounds all over the country though the further North you get the more likelihood of lower grade staff being reluctantly dragged to these lip service, attempted brainwashing borefests - no Filt Mignon medium rare but still a disgusting waste of money. Same with the city centre hotels they use for these regular,pointless gatherings.

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    2. So, as per the above, the implication is HMRC are wasting thousands of tax dosh on jollies to football grounds around the country. Interesting. I am sure the media will want to take a look at this.

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    3. If substantiated. The Telegraph/Mail/Express wouldn't be interested as it benefits their chums. If they rented a room at the local council, then I am sure those papers ears would prick up as it would suddenly become 'socialism'.

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  3. Keen observers may notice some reality in the following issues regarding HMRC management;

    i) They are incompetent,
    ii) They are incapable of negotiating a contract wrt vfm in the public sector,
    iii) Being reluctant to spend their budgets during the year (self assessment performance objectives) come end of year they panic to spend to evidence the need for an increased budget next year - hence expensive venues,
    iv) Politicians across the piste have little interest in HMRC failings,
    v) All the good ones have long since gone, retired or moved on,
    vi) Because there is no accountability within their strata nor fear of retribution for lawbreaking they act with contempt and impunity.

    All in all, an unmanaged, unprincipled bunch of ne'er do wells that should not be trusted to manage a dead rat.

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  4. ...and that's not all. I'm reliably informed that, next week, training is being 'delivered' to Compliance staff not a million miles away from me and it is stuff like "having robust conversations", etc.

    All very good and well but (it seems) that those carrying out the training are none other than the Establishment's very good friends KPMG!

    Whodda thunk..?

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    1. In my time I was a trainer (facilitator in "geekspeak") across many areas of the old Customs and latterly the abominable HMRC. Many of my ex. colleagues and co-trainers will be appalled to learn that what we in the old Customs considered normal "having a robust conversation" has been subbed out to the likes of "the opposition".
      I will confess to have being an ex. Cutter Officer who quickly learnt to trust his colleagues on watch with his life and a very expensive floating home and office.
      What a fecking abrogation this clusterfuck is now!

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  5. Latest news : AAs being recruited again...i wonder why ??

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    1. Because no-one in higher grades knows how to do the AA work / the MTD 'robotics' have failed / Grade 6 members of staff are now manning car park barriers and signing for stuff from the Royal Mail and TNT / it's 'better' to have peeps on national minimum wage? etc

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    2. TROUP & THOMPSON...SORT IT OUT !!! You couldn't make it up....staff on £30k plus signing for post coming into the office and photocopying...this is a fucking disgrace !!!

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    3. Hang about, didn't they used to have post room staff and car park supervisory/security grades along with the old paperkeepers specifically for those roles?
      Amazing, YCNMTSU!

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  6. HMRC attracted over 500 university graduates to apply for tax professional roles, but those that didn't get accepted for that specialisaton were offered another role, but the individual were not told what it involved. Now many are leaving for other jobs after having received a years training. What a waste-and many working within HMRC wanted these jobs that were given to people that didn't want them once they started in the role.

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