Saturday, September 30, 2006

Adam fibbed

All that stuff about "tax doesn't have to be taxing"? Then how come when filing my tax return, in time for the early deadline (midnight tonight - got in under the wire with two hours to go) I end up being liable for almost my entire self -employed income last year? You know what, I'm smart - I have certificates to prove it, no way do I fall into the "intellectually challenged" category. Yet I defy anyone to make sense of the tax system. Being a single working parent, I am eligible for Working Family Tax credit, and according to my most recent statement, I am paying them back for them overpaying me two years ago, at the same time that they are giving me a major one-off payment for underpaying me last year. Meanwhile, I paid tax deducted at source on my income last year when I was employed, through PAYE; so, tonight I declare £150 income from self employment and find myself liable for £145 tax. HOW???? I paid tax on all my employed income. The only bit I didn't pay tax on was the pathetic £150. How on earth can I owe £145?

It's no wonder people set up off shore accounts. The sooner I earn enough to justify an accountant, the better - I'm getting someone else to do the sums asap.

And meanwhile, back to the stuff that matters, i.e. Echoes; we had a day at Elvington today doing pick ups and a couple of scenes with extras and a most beautiful car.

Jim (car owner), Jayme and Joe getting ready for a shot:

And as usual, I manage to get a crew shot when they all have their backs turned:

Darren, Gali, Ben (Darren's son), Mark, Luke and Chris.

My target is to get a picture of the entire cast and crew, all looking vaguely camerawards - maybe at the screening party?


Blogger Stacie said...

That is a gorgeous car!
I don't understand taxes either.

5:45 am  
Blogger Lucy said...

Omigod, I feel your pain. Working Tax Credit is a bloody nightmare. Child Tx Credit = nightmare. Self Employed tax returns = nightmare. Are you seeing a pattern here?? What I do now is get an accountant who wants to earn £50 to fill it in for me. And that £50 is tax deductible. Result.

5:13 pm  
Blogger Chris (UK Scriptwriter) said...

I don't know how it works, but I know the second I make one pence from writing and have to declare it on top of my normal income, there will be this bell that ring at the Inland Revenue and I'll be dragged kicking and screaming over to the dark side of tax returns.

10:31 pm  
Blogger Portnoy said...

I could have sworn I left this comment once but I don't see it. Maybe I just thought I left a comment.

Well here goes Groundhog Day....

Does that car remind anyone else of the car "Uncle Monty" drove in "Withnail And I"

7:46 pm  

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