Monday, 30 January 2017

HMRC not fit for purpose


Here is conclusive proof that HMRC or their systems are not fit for purpose.


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Checking on their recent accounts was difficult as they havent filed any since YE September 2014.

No that's not possible, HMRC would have closed them down.

Here is a copy of their filings page

Date(document was filed at Companies House)Description(of the document filed at Companies House)View / Download(PDF file, link opens in new window)
19 Dec 2016Previous accounting period shortened from 27 September 2016 to 26 September 2016
View PDF Previous accounting period shortened from 27 September 2016 to 26 September 2016 - link opens in a new window )(1 page)
26 Sep 2016Previous accounting period shortened from 28 September 2015 to 27 September 2015
View PDF Previous accounting period shortened from 28 September 2015 to 27 September 2015 - link opens in a new window )(1 page)
19 Sep 2016Confirmation statement made on 14 September 2016 with updates
View PDF Confirmation statement made on 14 September 2016 with updates - link opens in a new window )(5 pages)
28 Jun 2016Previous accounting period shortened from 29 September 2015 to 28 September 2015
View PDF Previous accounting period shortened from 29 September 2015 to 28 September 2015 - link opens in a new window )(1 page)
18 Feb 2016Appointment of Mr Richard Mason as a director on 18 February 2016
View PDF Appointment of Mr Richard Mason as a director on 18 February 2016 - link opens in a new window )(2 pages)
16 Feb 2016Appointment of Mr Julian Robert James Hucker as a director on 16 January 2016
View PDF Appointment of Mr Julian Robert James Hucker as a director on 16 January 2016 - link opens in a new window )(2 pages)
05 Nov 2015Annual return made up to 14 September 2015 with full list of shareholders 
Statement of capital on 2015-11-05
  • GBP 2,695.449
View PDF Annual return made up to 14 September 2015 with full list of shareholders
Statement of capital on 2015-11-05
  • GBP 2,695.449
- link opens in a new window )
(8 pages)
29 Sep 2015Total exemption small company accounts made up to 30 September 2014
View PDF Total exemption small company accounts made up to 30 September 2014 - link opens in a new window )(4 pages)

By altering the 'Previous accounting date' by one day on no less than 3 occasions in 2016, it would appear they have managed to crash the HMRC system. There can be no reason for altering these filings dates apart from for the purpose of stalling filing accounts. Each time you alter the date by one day, the 'system' lets you push your filing date back by 3 months. So the YE Sept 2015 accounts should have been filed July 2016 (9 months later). Add 3 months for the 28 June 16 filing and you get to September  - when they filed another day's change taking the new date to December, when they filed another new date taking it to ? 

They had already altered the date in 2015. Making decisions is clearly not a management strength.

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