Is it right that MPs can claim back the cost of employing an accountant on their expenses?
It seems that they are allowed by their watchdog and I won't argue with that decision providing it is solely for duties connected with being an MP. If they've complicated tax affairs due to outside business interests that's another matter.
Should MPs be taxed on the money claimed back for this purpose?
The way things stand at the moment if they are deemed as self employed then they can surely claim the accountant as a tax deductible. My argument would be more along the lines of why should the self employed have this right while others do not. Surely as an employee I should have just as much right to claim for accountants expenses when filling in my tax return as someone who is self employed. I would agree that the job would likely not be as onerous but that would be reflected in the total claimed.
Perhaps this is a case of my Human Rights being restricted!!
We also get hammered more in other ways. As self-employed my ESA was only contribution based so stopped after a year, All records have to be kept for 6 yrs and HMRC can demand entry to my home at anytime to examine them.
Even though I have been unable to work for 3 years and it is accepted I will ever work again I am stil subject to that for another 3 years.