The taxman is on the prowl again. This time it’s horsebox owners. Not the horse-transporting companies but the farmer or small businessman who has one, maybe two such vehicles.
Because, you see, the taxman…
…suspects farmers and rural businesses of buying the horsebox through their company, falsely claiming it as a business expense, or failing to declare personal use of the horsebox and paying tax on it as a ‘benefit in kind’.
Well okay. If you buy something for business use and reclaim the tax on it, you really shouldn’t then use it for personal use.
Not something I’ve ever had to worry about. Nothing I bought for work was of any use outside the lab, and most of them were unsafe outside the lab. To be honest, some of the equipment I made myself wasn’t all that safe inside the lab either. I was never going to buy a half-kilo of brain-heart infusion broth and make soup out of it, nor was I ever intending to take any bacterial cultures home as pets. The business really couldn’t buy me anything for personal use.
I also never claimed anything for my little office at home. I wasn’t going to try to work out how much gas and electricity were in use during working times. I interspersed working with writing (actually that’s legitimate work too) and browsing for silly cat pictures. I’d have needed a stopwatch to keep track of the time for each thing. It wasn’t going to happen.
Really though, a farmer does have need of a horsebox. If he uses it to take his children’s ponies to a horse show once in a while, is that really such a big deal? Personal use might add up to one or two percent of the year, so the taxman can demand only one or two percent of the reclaimed tax.
There will be instances when the taxman can’t find any tax liability at all, and most of the ones they do find won’t produce enough recovered tax to cover the cost of the investigation. It is, overall, an exercise in futility.
These campaigns will waste the time of every small businessman in the country, put them all under duress in case they’ve forgotten something or missed something and will damage or even close a lot of their businesses. This under a Tory government too.
Big businesses are not being investigated. Only their potential future competitors. Isn’t that odd? Almost as if those big companies bankrolling the government were using the government to wipe out any potential competitors. Would the government be complicit in such a thing? Would they play along?
There have also been campaigns aimed at recovering unpaid tax from medical professionals, plumbers, electricians and landlords.
All small fry. No mention of Amazon or Google in there.
And no politicians either.