18th February, 2021, Neil Gayton
We are getting a puppy.
Yes I know. I’m totally bonkers.
Why in the middle of a pandemic would I want to add more chaos to my life?
More mess in the house, sleepless nights, toilet training, boys going berserk with excitement and making as much of a racket as the dog.
Most people settle for a takeaway to bring them cheer.
The Golden Retriever, who is yet nameless, will arrive soon and won’t only be a playmate for the boys, but also for our 11-year-old dog, who is probably in desperate need of another canine in the house after being stuck with us for the best part of a year.
I can almost see the dread on her face when we produce the lead for yet another walk around the village.
Coupled with the new puppy, the other big news is – the 11-year-old has a phone. I’m sure you can’t contain yourself.
He wanted it. We said no. He asked again, we said no. This went on for two years.
Then he was last in the class to get one and as all parents do when their eardrums are about to bleed, we gave in with an old one of ours.
I have little else to report apart from the fact that I have moved on from my obsession with Broadchurch to The Crown.
Away from the monotony of life in lockdown work is thankfully very busy.
There’s a big change coming next month when the new VAT Domestic Reverse Charge for Building and Construction Services is introduced.
It will change the way VAT is collected within the industry and will affect people who supply or receive services reported under the Construction Industry Scheme.
All VAT registered customers receiving the service will have to pay the VAT due to HMRC, instead of paying the supplier. It only applies to individuals or businesses registered for VAT in the UK, but it means people supplying construction services to a VAT registered customer will not have to account for the output VAT.
I’m not sure I’ve written VAT enough times.
There’s another one, just in case.
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