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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Nov
08
3

Short answer: not a lot.

Nov
05

It snowed down here on Sunday. Maybe the weather was a warning of things to come on the work front. For some weeks now the inflow of tax return work has been slowing down and we have more or less run out this week.

Oct
30
1

Letters of engagement. They rank right up there with P11Ds and company Annual Returns - one of those necessary bits of admin that no-one wants to be responsible for.

Oct
22

... when you can leave it until tomorrow? Or rather the last day before the deadline!

Oct
17

There are days when I wonder why I bothered with all those exams - and today was another one of them.

Oct
14
3

So the Chancellor thinks it will encourage small businesses if they can issue tax-free employee shares in exchange for employment rights.

Did he ask anyone before deciding to do this?

Oct
08
2

I qualified in 1981 and probably bought my first professional tax book that year, when I made the decision to carry on to what was then ATII. Over the years loose leaf books gave way to CD-Roms, then to online library services.

Oct
03
4

The words that strike dread into the heart of any parent of young children as they embark on a car journey of more than a few miles.

Sep
30
9

In fact, maybe I should ask "who says ANYONE can multi-task?" My wife is a classic multi-tasker - that is to say her head is full of a million tasks and she tries to do as many as she can simultaneously, which usually results in her achieving none of them.

Sep
24
3

Not optimistic about how HMRC will cope with the tax changes due to take effect in the first quarter of 2013.

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