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Old 7th Nov 2010, 00:16
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Unions are mutual traders, ie, they only have income from their own members, which they spend for those members benefit. There is no profit element involved, hence no tax is due and there is no requirement to submit accounts to the Revenue.

However, this does not mean that no accounts are prepared at all, a statement of income and what it is spent on can/should be prepared and supplied to members.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 00:25
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Verryyy Interesing - - -

Looking in on the Cabin Crew forum to read the "BA Crew ONLY" thread and I find it is dead. But the very interestin thing is another thread below the "crew ONLY" thread titled "BA LHR Mixed Fleet". This thread has been LOCKED! Read the entire thread and can see NO REASON for it being locked. No attacks of any kind - no playing the person rather than the ball!! All in all, a very harmless thread full of polite posts.

Is it now the rule of the "flying dragonS" that there can only be ONE thread in the CC forum about BA CC - in ANY form? Are we allowed to post in this thread using the words - "BA" or "CC" or "cabin crew"? Only time will tell. . . .

Mystified in Texas . . .
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 02:23
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AASLF, it isn't dead, it is bedtime in the UK. But I too am mystified why the MF thread was closed with no explanation. From what I read it was quite informative. Maybe there were subsequent removed posts that caused it to be locked.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 08:47
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Thanks for the response - if I have this correctly .....

The only requirement for accounts, is that which an individual union decides it wants, (if any), for internal purposes and maybe to show its membership where their money goes .........

So, any taxes payable are those due as personal tax, from any individuals who are in receipt of money from the union, for any purpose to do with carrying out union duties in some fashion, be it attendance money for reps or full blown salary for union officials, such as Branch Secretary, Chairman, etc..

For example, as CC, this would of course be in addition to their normal employment income, for which BA supply details to HMRC. Presumably therefore, there is a requirement upon the union as an employer, to provide details of payments made to individuals, in which case I would presume there to be normal employment and accounting records and of course those covering overheads - or is there some loophole whereby this can be avoided - do HMRC only look at the individuals declarations ?

In theory, this seems to be a decent sized black hole, which money can be poured into and vanish. I find it hard to believe in this day and age, that there are not any other checks and balances.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 10:23
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The MLF thread was closed for good reason
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 11:03
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Unite the union would have a PAYE scheme in operation for its salaried staff either full or part time.

I do not know whether attendance money paid to reps who lose money as they are 'off work' is taxed at the time of payment by the union, but it would be taxable on the individual who should declare it to HMRC by self assessment if it is not taxed, or taxed at the wrong rate.

The Union would have to declare any untaxed payments made, and there is a form to be submitted to HMRC to do this, it is sent along with the normal end of tax year payroll documentation.

Some payments made to reps etc might be classed as expenses, and as the union has a PAYE scheme with the Revenue, HMRC may have been involved in determining what they can class as expenses and pay tax free (just as they have with CC and pilot allowances)

I do not know if BASSA have any directly paid employees, they may all be paid by Unite, rather than locally, but if paid by BASSA, they would also have a PAYE scheme, and the same rules would apply.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 11:45
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Just to add a bit of clarity to this. BASSA is not a union. It is a branch of a union, Unite, therefore it escapes a lot of bothersome interference by accountants, Certification office, HMRC etc.

The main union UNITE has to provide details of its finances, administration costs, payments to General Secretary etc. each year and publish it to members.

The tax man has shown interest in BASSA in the past and I think an investigation may still be ongoing. The fact that BASSA never tells its members anything about the finances means they tend never to feature on the members list of priorities.

One day a group of brave souls will go to a members meeting and demand to see the books as is their right under rule, but I wont hold my breath!
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 12:02
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Why would they have to be brave? There is no irregularity.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 12:26
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Come now Litebulbs. Irregularity or no irregularity we have seen what happens to individuals who question any action on the part of BASSA leadership. It would take someone brave or reckless to openly question any of the BASSA leadership nest.
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Oh to be the brave and reckless at Bedfont. I would see it as a personal responsibility to open my mouth, if I did not believe or trust my leaders. I am sure I could muster up more than a few friends to protect me from a cabin crew mob.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 12:58
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I would count those at Bedfont as reckless, but hardly brave.

..and I believe you underestimate just how spiteful BASSA leadership can be when dealing with dissent.

This is not a "normal" union we are speaking of...its something quite different.
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I was rather of your view Litebulbs, I failed to understand what could be feared from a CC mob, what where they going to do, break into your home and criticise your curtains?

However, the peer pressure and pack mentality in play is actually a lot more real than you might imagine if you havenít been exposed to it.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 13:15
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Fair points, but it would not be the individual against the mob, if you believe the figures on 'ere. It is easy not to feel threatened sitting in front of a monitor typing, but I am a rep and like most reps outside of BASSA, I am the one getting it in the neck, from faceless people on a keyboards or standing up at meetings telling employees their jobs are at risk. As I hope you can imagine, that is not all hamburgers, ribbons, xxxx's and yellow pens.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 13:35
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Just to add a bit of clarity to this. BASSA is not a union. It is a branch of a union, Unite, therefore it escapes a lot of bothersome interference by accountants, Certification office, HMRC etc.
If BASSA make payments of salary to any officials, they would be required to have a PAYE scheme. Whether or not they were a union, or a branch of one, would not matter, only if said salary were paid from their own funds.

However, payments of out of pocket expenses could be made without HMRC involvement, if that was all that was paid.

Generally, any organisation/club which collects subscriptions from members, prepares accounts to present to members showing how their money has been spent. These accounts are usually available to members to approve at an AGM. This has nothing to do with HMRC requirements.

Mutual trading organisations can be expected to make Returns to HMRC in certain circumstances, see this link
HM Revenue & Customs: Unincorporated organisations and Corporation Tax
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 14:08
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Originally Posted by just an observer View Post
If BASSA make payments of salary to any officials, they would be required to have a PAYE scheme. Whether or not they were a union, or a branch of one, would not matter, only if said salary were paid from their own funds.

However, payments of out of pocket expenses could be made without HMRC involvement, if that was all that was paid.

Generally, any organisation/club which collects subscriptions from members, prepares accounts to present to members showing how their money has been spent. These accounts are usually available to members to approve at an AGM. This has nothing to do with HMRC requirements.

Mutual trading organisations can be expected to make Returns to HMRC in certain circumstances, see this link
HM Revenue & Customs: Unincorporated organisations and Corporation Tax
There lies the rub! 'Out of pocket expenses' HMRC would not consider £100 per day to be just that. The reps are not salaried staff but elected representatives.

Amicus CC89 reps get £60 per day less tax and NI which can mean taxation at 40% for most. This goes back to the formation of CC89 when a deal was struck with HM Revenue at their request (HMRC). The TGWU has avoided such arrangements for years despite attempts by HMRC to tax these sums that is why I say I believe the investigation is 'ongoing'.

It is absolutely correct that accounts must be kept and should be available for inspection by any member at the monthly branch meeting that is in the Unite rule book and BASSA branch consitution - but it just NEVER happens.

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Old 7th Nov 2010, 14:10
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Well join BASSA and go and ask.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 14:31
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Well join BASSA and go and ask.

Thanks but no thanks! If people who do have their money taken from their salary each month and are completely unaware of what happens to it then good luck to them. I'll keep mine safely away.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 14:42
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Well as treasurer of my club I pay 'out of pocket' expenses - they give me a receipt and I repay them what they have expended (out of their own pocket) on the club's behalf.

That is not the same as a flat rate amount. A flat amount, especially if it is to recompense for reduced income while you are rostered off duty, would be taxable, somewhere, and I can't see why HMRC haven't enforced this with BASSA reps, or any ex T&GW members, if they have already done so with CC89/Amicus. It wouldn't take years. A 'back years' investigation may take time, but not enforcing correct compliance from a given date.

Maybe they have, but you are not privy to any evidence to that effect. And if you are not a member of that union, you should not be privy to that evidence.

All you can do is persuade someone who is to find out. Or what Litebulbs said.
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 14:46
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Oh to be the brave and reckless at Bedfont. I would see it as a personal responsibility to open my mouth, if I did not believe or trust my leaders. I am sure I could muster up more than a few friends to protect me from a cabin crew mob.
It seems to me that there are two significant admissions here.
1. You would feel the need for protection if you were to open your mouth.
2. You have absolutely no idea of the state of BASSA's accounts.
Both of which are deplorable, more so for a 'rep.'
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Old 7th Nov 2010, 14:56
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Rex,

A lovely bit of spin.

Why should I have any idea of BASSA accounts?

I doubt very much if I would need any protection.

Neither deplorable.
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