Feeds

Taxman classifies computer installation as construction

Special certificate required before invoices can be paid

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Computers and houses. Can you tell the difference? The Inland Revenue can't. Under the new "Construction Industry Scheme" (CIS), the installation of a computer is defined as a construction operation. Soon it will be illegal for any large organisation to pay an invoice from a computer supplier or manufacturer who installs a computer or other 'instrumentation system' without a CIS certificate. Failure to comply with the new regulations could result in a £3000 fine. The Revenue accepts that a laptop computer is exempt from the CIS, but insists that anything involving drilling a hole in a wall is construction and, according to our source, will not accept that there is a threshold value below which jobs should be excluded. The taxman has admitted to at least one computer equipment supplier that it has made a mistake. Although at press time, no one at the Inland Revenue was available for comment. The scheme itself is not without controversy. It is the latest 'oops'-inducing incident involving the government and computer systems. The new certificates were due to come into force on August 1, but computer system delays has forced the Inland Revenue to issue temporary extensions to existing certificates. Sound familiar? ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?
MPAA calls Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC
More protests planned against giga-tariff for Tuesday evening
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.