Archive for August, 2011

Strange rules

August 28, 2011

Does anyone know why HMRC require me to submit a receipt for enough fuel to drive a thousand miles, in order to claim expenses for drivingHer Majesty's Revenue and Customs logo seven hundred miles? I wonder if they have given any thought as to where I am supposed to get such a receipt from?

The kind looking man behind the counter in the filling station looked at me strangely when I requested a VAT reciept, “Could I have a large one please?”

An old fashoined Shell filling station So what is the answer to my dilemma to needing 30% extra fuel. I suppose there are a few choices:-

1. Empty the excess fuel that will not fit into the tank down the drain at the filling station. This will still make claiming economically viable.

2. Leave the car idling for about three hours to use up the excess fuel.

3. Purchase a printer to print my own receipts that look just like the ones from the filling station.

4.  Perhaps I can purchase some receipts from somewhere? Might be cheaper than a whole printer.

5 Maybe if I ask nicely I can get a day off work each week for a threePenelope Pitstop from Wacky Races hundred mile joyride round the countryside. It is not like I am driving enough anyway.

Rules that are a pain in the bum are one thing, but rules that are impossible to comply with (legally) are just plain stupid.

I would complain to HMRC directly, but I would have to complain about there being no contact details for the relevant department on the website first. Does anyone know who is the current minister for administrative affairs? I am sure that Sir Humphrey must have had his finger in it somewhere.

oil portrait of Sir Humphrey Appleby, personal private secretary to the minister of administrative affairs.