Life is tough on the front line of accountancy. For more than five years, our intrepid correspondent has been bringing us news and views from a typical West Country practice.
The show must go on!
Still chasing in errant tax returns - this has to be the best excuse so far!
I have been playing telephone tennis with this client for weeks:
"They're nearly ready"
"I've been away, you'll have them next week
" ... next month"
In desperation I phoned him again this week and he was quite indignant this time: "I can't possibly get the paperwork to you before Christmas - I'm in the pantomime at the X Theatre until January!"
I resisted the temptation to reply "O no you're not!"
Alas, he's not the only one, the 2012 tax return pantomime season doesn't end until 31 January 2013!