HMRC - Light bulb moment - Secondary authorisation

Channel Hopper

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So, I'd like to send in my VAT return tonight as I am nowhere near the office tomorrow or Monday when the deadline for payment looms.

Having logged in to the relevant service with usual unique 12 digit user ID and unique 12 digit password I'm now requested to input a 6 digit code before I can proceed, with the options of text message, voice message and one other. None of which I can do until Tuesday since I only have the office PC to hand, no mobile, no landline.

Who on earth comes up with these brilliant ideas for additional security when none is actually required ?
 
Lazarus

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People who don't understand why some Taxpayers leave things until the last possible minute?

Smug Mode: I submitted my Self-Assessment Tax Return c.10am on 6 Apr ..... :p
 
Channel Hopper

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I sent mine off within the deadline of 31 January, but I don't think the figures inputted actually made their way onto the database.

Corporation self assessment submitted on the same day went over the midnight slot with no final confirmation they were actually received.
 
jeallen01

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TBH, when I had my own company as a contractor, I found it was far less stress to leave all that stuff to an accountancy company (JSA at Watford, which I can recommend) - not "cheap" but very good, and the only times I had issues with VAT or Corporation Tax was when I screwed up by not paying when or what JSA had told me that I should have. I also got a lot of useful advice and guidance about what I could/could not do/claim, and especially in the last couple of years when I wasn't working because I had effectively retired, but kept the company "live" so that I could withdraw the remaining capital with the minimum tax burden (and also then "bought" a lot of the company assets for a "pretty good price"!)
 
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