Cowart's Common Room

Feeling a virtuous sort of a person in that I have completed our tax returns and sent them whizzing off into the ether. AND it's only 8 January. Now I have to send some money whizzing off. It's a bad time for the cash flow.

But oh why do the Inland Revenue ask impossible questions on the lines of 'If you are a single person aged 101 do you want to claim a lighthousekeeper's allowance?' Answer 'yes' or 'no'

But I am not a single person aged 101! There are many such questions and I long for a 'not applicable' box.

Rolling EyesRolling Eyes

Posted at 8th Jan 2014 - 04:03PM   Posted by Fennie   Virtuousity Comments: 8

Faith's Avatar Ummmm I am not with you Fennie - so you are not a single person aged 101 wanting to claim a lighthousekeeper's allowance.... so tick the no boxLaughing

My father was a chartered accountant - he used to call the IR 'twisting devils'.Laughing

Posted by: Faith on 8th Jan 2014 at 09:07PM

Fennie's Avatar But the question isn't - 'are you 101..... etc' to which the answer would be 'no' but 'if you are'.......answer yes or no. And if you are not you cannot answer yes or no because the question is inapplicable.Rolling EyesVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Jan 2014 at 09:58PM

Ivy's Avatar Call me a little thick in the head, blame it on my medication or whatever but : is that a real question???? How many lighthouse keepers of that fine old age of 101 are there world wide? I mean climbing all those steps every day , several times, braving the elements, surely keeps you fit but 101? And still in service? I always thought lighthouses in UK were operated automatically these days, so

Posted by: Ivy on 8th Jan 2014 at 10:16PM

Fennie's Avatar No, Ivy - the question isn't a real question: it is a made-up question to illustrate the problem of the IR's question. A more realistic question would be (it's an actual question!)

If your spouse or civil partner claimed blind person's allowance for 2011-12 but had insufficient income to use all their allowance, do you want their surplus? Answer yes or no.

have underpaid tax do you want to

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Jan 2014 at 10:51PM

Camilla's Avatar They always make forms so difficult when it does not need to be, loathe filling in forms.

Posted by: Camilla on 9th Jan 2014 at 12:49AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Since there are no lighthouse keepers anymore in the UK I should imagine it would be a redundant question these days anywayLaughing

Feeling rather smug that I did our tax returns in May last year... just about to start the next one.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Jan 2014 at 10:29AM

Ivy's Avatar teachers pet Fairy Nuff ?

Posted by: Ivy on 9th Jan 2014 at 11:13AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Not really Ivy... it's just easier to have the accounts and Tax return finished before filling in the Tax credit forms which have to be back in July so we can give them actual figures not estimates.
Still more berluddy forms thoughRolling Eyes

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Jan 2014 at 11:18AM

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