Government Archives - Optimal Compliance

Slave, worker, employee or servant?

Take our Quiz! Select the correct term for each definition… But first… What is a slave? A slave is a person who is owned by another person. A slave is not free. Typically, a slave has no rights and is forced to work, day after day, without pay. Slaves are fed a modest diet to keep them […]

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Tom

RTI is causing ‘real time’ payroll problems – how about some ‘real time’ acceptance of responsibility from HMRC?

The Revenue’s Technological Ineptitude is why your payroll numbers don’t tally with theirs all of a sudden. RTI is the biggest overhaul to payroll legislation since 1944. It was introduced a year ago and we are told by HMRC that ‘everything is working well’, so why is it that thousands of businesses are experiencing problems […]

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Catherine

Complain to HMRC

Incorrect liabilities on HMRC employer PAYE accounts are an increasingly common problem, and many of these cannot be solved by software suppliers. It’s time we all complained and sent HMRC invoices for all of our wasted time. Some of these have arisen because RTI returns or other notifications or payments to HMRC have not been […]

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Catherine

Euro debt slavery – where will it end?

The root of the problem is simple: economic activity, culture and, of course, language varies considerably across Europe. This alone makes the realities of a single currency complicated and prone to disaster. But, before we get into the debts, let’s begin by taking a light-hearted look at some of the ‘slaves’ (and indeed the ‘masters’), […]

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David

How to spend a trillion pounds and have nothing to show for it…

According to Management Consultant to the Public Sector, Neil Glass AKA David Craig, in the years between 1997 and 2007 Labour managed to spend approximately £1.3 trillion (a little over a trillion, taking inflation into account). A trillion is a number that we, as a nation, have been forced to become depressingly familiar with, in […]

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Catherine

Tax fairness and freedom. Who is paying their fair share?

Tax doesn’t need to be taxing. That’s how the advertising slogan goes. And if you’re Barclays Bank or one of the other multi-billion pound corporations that merrily pays nothing (or next to nothing), it’s true. On the other hand, if you’re a small business owner, freelancer, or good old fashioned wage slave, tax isn’t just […]

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David