Practitioner's Diary

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.

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Dec
10
2

My 6-year old grandson is showing worrying signs that he may have an aptitude for accountancy.

Like most kids this time of year he has an advent calendar. He just has trouble with the numbering system.

Dec
07
3

The Autumn Statement was the typically upbeat message you'd expect with a general election coming next May. However, I haven't found much in the way of good news for many of my clients.

Nov
13
5

Our recent security breach with our HMRC agent's login has taught us that we need to be more disciplined in protecting and then regularly changing our passwords. The trouble is, they take some managing. I was beginning to think it was just me, but apparently the problem is universal!

Nov
12
2

I think it must be my age. These days I seem to get confused very quickly when clients come on the phone and start describing some hare-brained tax planning idea that, on second thought, is totally ridiculous.

It has happened twice this week!

Nov
09

Looks like my longest-running - in fact, currently my only - tax enquiry is coming to the inevitable conclusion.

Nov
03
2

How's your IT security? Could be better? From my recent experience we could probably all be better.

Oct
26
2

I get the impression that most accountants would opt for the latter.

In fact, many practitioners seem to behave as though they might be about to lose not just the contents but the glass itself!

Oct
13

One of the things that sets a good restaurant or hotel apart from the average ones is great service.

Oct
01
9

I get the feeling that as practices become more and more focused on limited company clients we are all becoming more deadline-driven.

Aug
03
1

... it being I.T., that is, information technology.

My third tip for start-up practices is simply: use technology to the max.

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