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.
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... when you can leave it until tomorrow? Or rather the last day before the deadline!
There are days when I wonder why I bothered with all those exams - and today was another one of them.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Not optimistic about how HMRC will cope with the tax changes due to take effect in the first quarter of 2013.
Reflecting back on the 2012 conferences and practice development seminars I have been to, one point that sticks in my mind is something that I seem to have struggled with most of my professional life - work turnaround time.