Competing with dodgy accountants

I was speaking to one of my clients recently, a one-man consultancy business in the contruction industry.  He told me that when he speaks to colleagues, they take a much more aggressive attitude to their tax affairs - in fact so aggressive that I would call it illegal.  The implication was that my client was "a bit soft" for not bending/breaking the rules and claiming for expenditure such as suits, and non-business expenditure that they might be able to get away with.  It also seems apparent that their accountants are either complicit or turn a blind eye to this activity.

Has anyone else come across dodgy competition?  Personally, it seems a no-brainer to me that I would stop acting for any client who I thought was involved in tax evasion and reporting obligations would also be met.  But I'm wondering if there is quite a booming trade for accountants who draw the line in a slightly different place to me?

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memyself-eye |
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Do they know it was claimed for?

Ken Howard |

We see it quite often @thisistibi

ShirleyM |
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three times now

lja20 |

As Ken says, what goes in and

ireallyshouldknowthisbut |

Explain

petersaxton |
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I have a ltd company client

Tosie |

It's a matter of trust

Bob Harper |
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"he is Mad they will catch up"

honesty |

Pinch of salt ...

Steve Holloway |
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Is it common practice in the construction industry...

George Attazder |
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Yes

thisistibi |
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Accounts preparation by phone

zarathustra |
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Wish I was an FCCA .....

Steve Holloway |
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claiming for spectacles

memyself-eye |
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VDU users ....

Steve Holloway |
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Head above the parapet

andy.partridge |
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there is good and bad in every profession

akramco |

@akramco

ShirleyM |
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dodgy or not?

akramco |

"chances of a qualified accountant being dodgy are very small"?

petersaxton |
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@akramco

ShirleyM |
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we are all entitled to our opinion

akramco |

TURN OFF THE CAPITALS PLEASE !

ShirleyM |
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as i said we are all entitled to our own opinion 

akramco |

To be fair you make some good points

petersaxton |
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@ akramco

Owain_Glyndwr |
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Hmm .. You are right but what

akramco |

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Owain_Glyndwr |
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QBE'S regulated by HMRC

akramco |

dodgy or not?

akramco |

birds of a feather

antony.johnaroberts.co.uk |

You admit you have little experience

petersaxton |
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Not about qualifieds vs unqualifieds

thisistibi |
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I don't think anyone picked this up specifically...

Old Greying Accountant |
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Another thing to consider

ShirleyM |
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@OGA, also these comments ....

ShirleyM |
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@BKD

ShirleyM |
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Agree with Akramco

mark589 |

Degrees

BKD |
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Reminder

Henry Osadzinski |
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Competency

ShirleyM |
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Absolutely

Monsoon |
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I wonder where I sit...

memyself-eye |
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Notice

Henry Osadzinski |
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vanity letters

The Minion |
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Qualified accountants not dodgy?

alandawson61 |

dodgy accountant.

tomriv801 |