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  1. Yep fair points. I like to enjoy my work too (hence my lifestyle choice comments above) and I guess some elements of the job carry a benefit to me that isn’t just monetary.
  2. Partner in a firm. Lots of big ag clients round these parts. Ultimately, if my firm can pull in what I want it to whilst not being VAT registered then to me it makes sense not to be. Part of the reason why Maggie Thatcher’s slant on monetarist economics didn’t work as well as she’d hoped is that she miscalculated the level at which people would want to earn more money and be taxed less on versus earning a bit less but spending more time at home or working less. But I digress…
  3. Aye, the answer to how much I want to earn is ‘enough’. I’ve earned much more before switching to arb. It was much a lifestyle choice as a business one. Everyone has different motivations in life after all.
  4. Perhaps. I’d be disappointed if this accountant was on less than 90k a year having seen my accountancy bills…
  5. True. I’m still undecided on it. I’m a one-man owner operator and want to keep things small. It’s 50-50 for me really on whether it’s worth it
  6. I had the VAT registration discussion with my accountant last year as I was thinking of registering voluntarily for the reasons many have said. He told me I was bonkers and only do it when you have to. i guess even accountants have different thoughts on the subject.
  7. Well it's not the 'the' definition, it's HMRC's and they are not the law nor are they infallible. But I wasn't really disputing that bit. Rather I meant that running three separate businesses all under the threshold (trees, milling, timber sales) could be perfectly legit. It's just how and why you arrive there. Even if you were approaching the threshold, you could still have legitimate operational reasons for splitting up the firm. Firewood takes time to process, timber takes time to mill. If you're out doing tree work 5 days a week then you can't be doing the other two. That's not to say you mightn't have avoidance of VAT registration as a motivation, but if you can successfully demonstrate operational/commercial reasons then it could still work fine. It's a bit like the tick box on the tax self assessment forms where you're asked if you are involved in a tax avoidance scheme. I wonder how many people actually tick to say yes.
  8. I do see what you mean Steve, but everyone has different ambitions. Turnover is a poor measure of success (at least it can be). If a small, well-run firm with manageable overheads can operate under the VAT threshold then a decent profit could still be made. Interesting thread!
  9. Perhaps. But not if it's done properly. There are of course plenty of mills that just mill, tree firms that just do trees, timber merchants that just sell timber, firewood people that just do firewood. That is, the precedent is well set for these being legitimately different businesses. Granted, you would risk having to convince the Revenue that splitting up an existing business was done for commercial or operational reasons rather than merely avoidance of VAT registration but that is do-able. Sound accountancy advice as most have said is key though...
  10. Just confirming that price is powerhead only? Ta.
  11. What do you use as the anchor for your tirfor there Matty?
  12. 580kg per m cube according to Wood Species Database | TRADA WWW.TRADA.CO.UK From abura to yew: Filter by use, colour, durability, density, availability and price to choose the right wood species for... But on reflection having read other posts below I think that’s probs dry weight! I've always worked on wet beech as being around the tonne mark per cube. Appreciate your post as it got me thinking about parbuckling and there are some great links out there for people like us who might occasionally need to move heavier stuff but aren't set up for it with a crane or loader etc. I liked this guy's one but there are loads more.
  13. Sounds horrible. I did notice the last bit from the article - it seems this is the second such incident. I'm not working with MEWPs this week thankfully. ''We have no idea what happened in this case, or the one we covered yesterday, but hopefully we will all learn from both incidents, in the meantime two people in their 50s are gone. PS: Oh and if you are superstitious you might well subscribe to the belief that 'bad things come in threes'. If so and you are using a platform or a crane this week, use this as an excuse to take extra care and follow the recommended pre-use inspection protocols.''
  14. I do agree with you Jules in broad principle but didn't you say earlier you were living in a Barrat box with a garden with 6" of topsoil over rubble? Joyless, sterile and grim don't sound bad adjectives to describe such a predicament!


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