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.

Latest posts
Jul
08

We always go into the new tax return season with high hopes and the best of intentions. Ideally we would like all tax return clients to receive pro-active tax planning advice, adding some value to the basic annual compliance service.

Jul
04
2

Over the years a few friends and clients have asked me to act as their executor, not many and certainly none as old as this particular client who sadly passed away at the end of last year.

Jul
02
1

Then how about a clarified ISA?

Not tempted? No, I thought not. Which is the reaction I expect from my team.

Jun
25
1

It's that age-old question: do we recruit now to fill a potential gap in our team over the next year, or should we wait until we're under such pressure that the rest of the team can't cope any longer?

Jun
20
2

One thing this Government regularly annoys me about is its stance on "tax avoidance", a term it consistently uses in an attempt to wilfully confuse it in the media and the minds of the public with illegal tax evasion.

Jun
18
1

I was just reading a VAT tribunal case from earlier this year that should be a salutory lesson to us all.

Jun
13
1

Like most firms, we send out a standard letter to business clients before their year end reminding them to let us have their books and records as soon as they can (AFTER the period end that is - we have one client where we have to ensure that we send the letter after his year end every year, othe

Jun
11

It's June, and that can mean only one thing. 

OK, maybe two things - awful weather, but more importantly, loads of work.

May
21
2

... but there might be some free labour out there! For many years I have given local secondary school pupils a week of work experience, just one a year, and we have found this far less disruptive that I originally feared. In fact, most of them have been quite useful.

May
17
2

Tourists and casual observers of West Country life might form the impression that the business community is dominated by farmers, seasonal businesses and old fashioned family-owned shops. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth.

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