I am connected

Image depicting gangsters from the 1930s

“Leave the gun.  Take the cannoli.” (Peter Clemenza in ‘The Godfather’)

I was uneasy about using social media.  Not as uneasy as Tony Soprano was about his first appointment with Dr Melfi, but uneasy.

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Pantomime Dame

Aladdin with genie

No New Year’s Honour for me, unlike Lin Homer the HMRC chief executive who got a DCB (Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath) for public service ‘particularly in public finance.’ This was in spite of the fact that HMRC were on the naughty step for nearly the whole of 2015.

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Nanny knows best

Room with pram and clothing line

‘A nudge, as we will use the term, is any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behaviour in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives. To count as a mere nudge, the intervention must be easy and cheap to avoid.’ (Cass R Sunstein and Richard H Thaler (2008), ‘Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness’)

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Sheep may safely graze

Animated image of sheep sleeping

As you will know if you read my September 2014 blog, from time to time I suffer from insomnia.  Since the beginning of August it’s been so bad that my partner suspects I may been reprogrammed by eco-warriors for Economy 7 operation.  I seem to work best between the hours of two and seven in the morning.  Outside those hours I run on adrenaline and occasionally have to be hooked up to a double espresso drip…

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Va, va, voom

McClaren road car

Looks like Jeremy is leaving Top Gear so it’s the end of an era for us petrolheads. As homage to the self-confessed dinosaur, sadly now on the verge of extinction, I’m devoting this blog to performance car-related tax matters.

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Who ya gonna call?

Dusty old telephone

‘Taxman tries to spook children into paying up in the future with bizarre ‘pay your bills’ video depicting inspectors as ‘ghostbusters’’ (Daily Mail headline, 8 November 2014)

It’s not often that I find myself agreeing with the Daily Mail but, if what is being said in the press about this HMRC video is accurate, it certainly is bizarre.

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2014 – Pick ‘n’ mix

Pick n mix sweets

It’s been quite a while since I did a tax round-up at the end of the year. Well, to be truthful, the only time was in December 2011 but I wanted to do it again. I thought I would ask my fellow tax warriors for their highlight(s) of 2014 and add my own thoughts to what they said. So that is exactly what I did …

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Nessun dorma

Man in bed trying to sleep

Sometimes when I find I hard to sleep after a long day tussling with impenetrable tax legislation, rather than counting sheep I play the alphabet game.

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