Monthly Archives: February 2015

Tax cuts from Your Other Home and tax depreciation schedule

Although, Kent had the smallest average annual growth rate in capital investment of 3.4%, this was still higher than the national average. Arising out of its policy on career and personal development the Commission for Local Government in England (CLAE) agreed that I could spend a week at the office of the Ombudsman in Dublin. The CLAE has now established a framework within which secondments and placements will be arranged and managed and the philosophy is to provide staff with a fair opportunity to benefit from such experiences without undue disruption to the office, their workload and without unfairness to others.

There must be benefits therefore for all of us, investigators, support staff and IT staff, occasionally, to meet others in the same line of work to exchange ideas about working practices. He is also Information Commissioner providing an independent avenue of appeal for members of the public who are dissatisfied with decisions made by public bodies in relation to requests for information made under the Freedom of Information Act, 1997.

He is also a member of the Public Offices Commission which polices compliance with Electoral Acts, 1997 and 1998, and the Ethics in Public Office Act, 1995. These Acts provide for the disclosure of political donations and election expenditure, the disclosure of interests by people holding public office and deals with gifts to office holders and personal appointments by office holders. The Ombudsman’s Office itself is divided into units each dealing with complaints against specific organizations and I spent my time notionally attached to the local government unit although I actually spent some time with each of the units.

However, I have came back from Dublin enthused with one or two things our colleagues in Ireland do which we do not. The level of public awareness of the Local Government Ombudsmen is low and we currently have in place two Public Awareness Project Managers looking at the issue. The Ombudsman in Dublin, because of his wider brief, has a high profile and he and his staff are very pro-active in making the Office and its procedures known and available to the public.  the latest ATO Choices  are always needed to follow and for this purpose there is requirement of the expert property depreciator for doing the tax deprecation schedule process. But there is always one point which people should follow and that is to find the best quantity surveyor for doing the complex steps for the complex TDS process.

One of the reasons for this high public profile is that our colleagues in Dublin visit the regions, towns and cities and make themselves available to members of the public who can call in, discuss their complaint and, if necessary, make their complaint on the spot.

I accompanied a small team of four people on a regional visit to the town of Mullingar about 50 miles west of Dublin. Our presence in the town had been preceded by appearances on, and in, the local media by the Ombudsman himself and 15,000 leaflets had been sent to the homes of local residents. During the day, which ran until 7.30 pm to assist those in work, we had 45 callers which was less than the anticipated 70. As an investigator myself I found it very interesting to be able to meet complainants and discuss their complaints before they were formally made out.