In a break from tradition, this column might sound like a blog as I relate my problems following a minor mishap.
The Philip Fisher column
The world is overrun with blogs and tweets. While they serve a purpose, this column is something slightly different. You will not find out what the author had for breakfast or the colour of the socks he is wearing. You will not be pestered with tedious listings of every film, book, play etc that your correspondent has ever seen or his latest success or otherwise on the golf links.
What readers have come to expect from a writer who has been associated with AccountingWEB almost from its inception are objective but on occasion quite possibly opinionated articles about topics that might be of interest to accountants as people. The intention is to be simultaneously challenging, thought-provoking and entertaining.
Since the writer is a partner in the Human Capital team at BDO LLP these columns will frequently take on issues relating to taxation, business and government policy. For light entertainment, he is also London Editor of British Theatre Guide so there will be plenty of hints and tips about what to see and not to see.
He also regularly writes about technology for London Accountant and almost anything else under the sun for a variety of publications so there are always going to be odd surprises in store. Travel, art, books, theatre, sports and consumer issues are all likely to receive consideration in coming months - but so are taxation issues, thoughts on the latest technology and, inevitably, the activities of the Chancellor and HMRC.
If a poll was taken of readers today, the outright Conservative victory in the general election would probably be seen as the trigger for great optimism. Only time will determine whether this optimism is well-founded.
If you have had enough of Cameron, Miliband, Clegg and Farage, perhaps it is time to spend a couple of hours with Renoir, Manet and their ilk or John Singer Sargent.
As the political parties get increasingly desperate for votes, both the Conservatives and Labour have set out optimistic targets for their efforts to counter "tax avoidance" and even “tax planning”.
With its combination of Shakespeare (actually more Arthur Miller), olde worlde charm and tranquillity, Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect destination for a short break.
Almost exactly one month before the election, the Labour leader has hit the headlines with a highly controversial announcement that his party would remove the tax reliefs available to UK residents domiciled overseas.
Forget accountancy, the boom business at the moment seems to be estate agency.
It might be April 1 but this is no joke. As the economy recovers, it seems that estate agents are taking over the world.
Many readers will have mixed feelings about the abolition of tax returns. While these little documents have often proved to be a real pain, they are also a good source of fees.
20 years ago, the Chancellor's Budget Speech was a thrilling, hotly anticipated event. Now, it has become a bore but will pre-election politicking change that?
This story will read as if April Fools’ Day had come three weeks early but there is serious talk of banks charging interest for looking after our money.