What's your way of dealing with irritating last minute requests?

Now I'm doing more tax work, I come up regularly against clients who when presented with final accounts and tax return to sign, ask whether I can make some sort of allowance for XYZ, or did I know about some other expenses (previously not notified to me). They plaintively ask whether it's not too late.

I am deliberately not flooding myself out with tax clients at present whilst I decide how to avoid blowing a personal gasket.

How do you deal with this type of irritation? They all know perfectly well that you are going to treat the data as complete unless you find a glaring anomally when you are doing the accounts. What they don't either know or care about is the aggravation of making all those adjustments and preparing all those pdfs again.

I could present them with accounts for prior approval before getting going on the tax package. Is that the best way forward in future?

Please throw a bucket of cold water over me before I self-explode!

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There are always some.

nigelburge |
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Charge them for the amendments

ShirleyM |
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Depends

occca |

You have cheered me up!

Moonbeam |
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Whilst I "hear" where you're coming from

Time for change |
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Just accept it

zarathustra |
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my approach

Red Leader |
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I do this ...

Old Greying Accountant |
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Tax Bill

thacca |
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Unless ...

Old Greying Accountant |
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How about thoroughly

tugwilson |

Am Changing My Mind a bit!

Moonbeam |
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I can't agree but hey ho. It

tugwilson |

Talk client through it

Jimess |

No paper

AdShawBPR |

Isn't this the point of the client meeting?

Gaynor |

This is so helpful

Moonbeam |
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...........irritating last minute requests?

coverack |

I find that most of these

AFAccountant |

No matter how small the

Eoghan2 |
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Tax knowledge or lack of incompetence?

petersaxton |
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Letter of engagement

andy.partridge |
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Very good point!

nigelburge |
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You're on to something

andy.partridge |
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Client base

petersaxton |
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