As if it were not already difficult enough starting out as self employed, HMRC have managed to add to the burden by increasing the amount of time it takes to register with them as self employed.
HMRC have issued an apology noting that the turnaround times for newly self-employed people to register will increase to eight weeks, between now and October 31 2010.
It seems that processing times for paper form 64-8 and registrations for self-assessment will also increase over the next two months.
HMRC staff are being moved to "higher priority work", hence the delays in processing these forms.
Maybe the best way to avoid the delays and hassle, and to reduce the admin burden on HMRC to enable them to work on "high priority stuff", is to opt out of the tax system?
Would HMRC and the government approve of that?:)
Tax does have to be taxing.
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