It's a bit late now. If anything, deferring just before the deadline will actually give companies more work to do - everyone has either left or prepared to switch to an umbrella. Now it all has to be rolled back.
69 posts • joined 1 Feb 2012
Sir John Redwood backs IR35 campaign, notes review would have to start 'immediately' before new off-payroll working rules kick in
I don't understand why they think IR35 is a good way of making contractors pay more tax. It's complicated, vague and full of loopholes. They should have just created a rule along the lines of "companies with 5 or fewer shareholders may only pay out 25% of profit as dividend" or somesuch. Same effect, no getting around it, no nonsense about "personal service companies" and "deemed payments".
Re: Efficient Market
One man's "offensive" is another man's "assertive". I'm not sure what you mean by "offensive". Taking the lane? Flicking Vs?
You ascribe a single riding style to all cyclists. That's untrue and nonsensical. If you ride dangerously, you die. In London, even if you ride safely, you can still die. There are morons using all modes of transport, however the data shows that cyclists are about 8 times more likely to also have a driver's point of view than vice versa. Your point about cars being more deadly than bikes means what? That riders should just allow themselves to be bullied off the road?
"I ride a bike too" is the new "Some of my best friends are black." It tends to be used by people who pootle around the park with the kids on a weekend, then get in their cars and punishment-pass those of us using a bike as transport, on the roads.
Re: Anyone got a script?
The problem you'll find is that, unless you want to share your production credentials (I assume you don't, as you'll be on the hook for anything that uses them), everyone who wants to use your script will also have to demo it to HMRC, get it approved and get their own credentials - oh and they'll need to register as a data controller with the ICO and pay the £30 annual fee.
Re: Anyone got a script?
Not quite; you have to save your LibreOffice spreadsheet in Excel format - you don't even have to have Excel installed, as the web app reads the file.
But I digress - yes, it was a pointless thing to automate, especially given that the stated aim is to reduce fraud, which MTD VAT does nothing to mitigate.
Re: Anyone got a script?
It's just a REST API so you could just send a few HTTP requests in from Postman or whatever - if HMRC would give you production credentials following your demonstration to them of your approach, which they won't.
If you don't want to install anything and want to keep using your existing spreadsheet, web-based Excel bridging software is available from people like me for not much money (i.e. a tenner a year). I don't think I'm allowed to advertise on here though, so shan't leave a link.
Developer of a cheap Web based VAT filer for Excel fans here.
The MTD go live has been a total clusterf*ck. HMRC's API returning false data, returning payloads that don't meet their own spec, blaming everything on us software vendors but refusing to deal directly with us to rectify their issues because GDPR.
The support model is a mess. Their technical team can't access the data they need to troubleshoot, but the data team don't have the technical knowledge to investigate issues properly. On top of all that, there's a 30+ minute wait on the user helpdesk line, and those users who are lucky enough to get through just get told it's the software vendors' fault.
Amateurs is too kind a word.
I've come to the conclusion that HMRC are a bunch of amateurs. I've dealt with them for my personal taxation, I've dealt with them for my business taxation and, now that my company markets a product that uses their Maxing Tax Digital API, I've dealt with them as a developer (if you want a laugh, take a look at https://github.com/hmrc/vat-api). So it comes as no great surprise that they do not understand their own tax code.
Is it just me?
Apple have now killed off my favourite laptop form factor (the old Macbook Air) and now my favourite phone form factor (iPhone SE)
I'd have paid good money for a retina Air with 16GB of RAM, and I'd pay good money for a smaller phone with up to date specs, but Apple won't make them. Shirley I'm not alone...?
This <> a story
This isn't even a story; it's part of RFC 822. I use this gmail feature all the time and find it very useful. Some use cases:
- Abusing offers such as "10% off your first order when you sign up to our mailing list".
- Managing multiple accounts on the same website, for example several personas on a single social media service.
- I recently had a website refuse to forget an old billing address that I couldn't change or delete, which meant my card payment wouldn't authorise. Support was useless, so I just created a new account, with an extra dot in my email address.
- Throwaway email addresses without having to use another service (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What's happened is that a developer who thinks he's too clever to fall for a phishing scam nearly fell for a phishing scam, so he's looking for anyone other than himself to blame.
Re: So Google told them to fuck off
"Since when was no-platforming neo Nazis wrong?"
Congratulations, you've made my argument for me. Gab aren't neo Nazis. The majority of people no-platformed by people calling themselves liberal aren't neo Nazis either. To simply call someone who disagrees with you a Nazi is to lose the argument.
We used to have a thing on the internet called Godwin's law, you know.
Re: So Google told them to fuck off
The "alt-wrong". Very cocksure for an anonymous coward.
It's this no-platforming, refusal to engage in debate, dismissal of any argument as simply "alt-wrong" that has led to an increase in genuine extremism. The branding of any and all opposition to so-called liberalism as alt-right/fascism is the death of genuine liberty.
Google have a monopoly on Android app distribution. Apple have a monopoly on iOS app distribution. To deny this is to support corporatism.
Re: @ The Onymous Coward
@DougS - I agree; my point was more that the long sabbatical is much more prevalent than it was even ten years ago. We're /on the way/ to working fewer hours, but I'm not sure whether a legal, cultural or economic impulse will usher in the 4-day week.
I would suggest that most office-based staff already do a 4-day week by dint of long lunch breaks, copious web browsing and the odd day "working" from home, but it would be nice not to have to pretend.
Re: The workforce of the future?
I think we are getting closer. I'm 35, but have already had two sabbaticals totalling three years. It's easy enough to do if you're a) an IT contractor and b) willing to forego unnecessary shiny shiny such as a new Merc on the drive every year or a home cinema setup to rival IMAX.
I agree with the author's sentiment.
2011 MacBook Air user here. SSD failed a few months ago - replaced it with a 960GB SSD. Other than that, it has been flawless. The battery may be next on the list as it currently only lasts about three hours. I hook it up to a Thunderbolt display for Photoshop, the odd bit of GoPro editing and Garageband. I for the top CPU at the time, a 1.8GHz i7, so the only thing that holds it back is the lowly 4GB RAM.
I would love a speed bump and a retina display on both the laptop and external display, but Apple simply don't offer it, so when the machine dies, I'll have no choice but to go elsewhere for a replacement.
Re: Always back up your data!
Seems like you're covered for everything except a house fire, burglary, electrical surge and virus that attacks D-Link NAS boxes.
Unless your data is almost worthless, which doesn't sound like the case here, it's worth paying for an offsite backup service. The one I use costs £4 a month and definitely works, having had my laptop's SSD fail shortly after my NAS was misplaced in a house move. I don't think Mrs Coward would ever have forgiven me if I'd lost 400GB of photos.
I worked at Argos on weekends when I was a student. They provide absolutely no training on the contents of their catalogue, so whenever anyone had a question about a particular product, we'd go and fetch whoever it was in the stockroom who was into the product in question. Me - hifi, computers, musical instruments. A bloke who was doing a plumbing course was an expert on washing machines and dishwashers. Baby stuff? Better send them over to the jewellery counter to talk to the new mums.
Re: We've had problems for 2 months!
Let's see how that state-funded road network's doing... ah yes, it's way over capacity and riddled with potholes.
I suspect that the answer to many people's broadband woes (including my own) is to pony up for a business service with proper support.
I also suspect that, if the government were involved in provision of the nation's broadband services, we'd all still be on 512k ADSL.
On the verge of leaving VM, but wondering if they're all as bad as eachother. Yesterday morning's call with a VM support bod:
Me: "Hello, my modem won't sync, I have a single flashing green light, no blue light."
VM: "Are you connecting wirelessly or wired?"
Me: "Both, but it won't matter, the modem won't sync."
VM: "Ah I see, all the modems in your area are offline."
Me: "OK, so you're on the case already then?"
VM: "No, you're the first to call about it, so let's book you an engineer visit. Are you around on Monday?"
Me: "Why does an engineer need to come to my house if everyone in the area is affected?"
VM: "Not enough people have called in yet, so we're not yet treating it as an area issue."
Me: "But you could update your fault page, send out an engineer now and save yourselves dozens of calls."
VM: "That's not how it works I'm afraid."
TL;DR: "What's that, you can't get into Outlook? Ah yes, I see the server is down. I'll reboot it when a few more people have called in."
I phoned VM and spoke to someone in tech support who seemed to genuinely want to help, asking me to run pings, trace routes and nslookups (although I use my own DNS). After half an hour of sounding reasonably interested in fixing things, he advised me to restart my router :-(
As we were finishing the call and I was waiting for a reference number, the helpdesk chappie exclaimed "oh my system's just restarted for no reason!". "Oh, it's just like my TiVo box then," I said. "Different help desk..." came his response.
I spent some time this evening looking at broadband-only providers and Freeview HD PVRs. If Xilo are widely praised and offer a monthly rolling contract, they may well have a new customer...