I have lost count of the number of times I have heard CPD speakers and so-called practice development gurus telling us we need to me more proactive. Apparently, compliance work is about to dry up and we're going to lose all our clients unless we start being "proactive".
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.
Having a pint with a local businessman over the weekend he confided in me that he went to the same school as George Osborne - and Judge Jeffreys. Now there's an interesting connection. I don't think they were in the same year, but maybe young George fagged for the "Hanging Judge"?
- and ladies, of course - but mainly the gents as I suspect there weren't any females in the profession when time-based billing was invented.
The so-called phoenix company has been around for as long as I can remember. We have a few on our books, in fact probably more than I realise.
It's the end of another tax year, so time to remind clients that it's Tax Return time again. And once again we'll be sending out the same old letters. I just wonder if there's a better way.
Looks like I was right, it's the company car tax changes that are getting clients exercised.
No big surprises in last week's Budget, but then again there were no big giveaways for small businesses either.
Reading today's headlines about Stamp Duty avoidance by foreign multi-millionaires using offshore companies has made me lose what little confidence I had in the Chancellor.
March hasn't got off to a good start. I decided it was time to get back on the networking circuit, so I have been slotting breakfast and evening networking events into my diary: BNI, chamber of commerce, FSB - you name it, I'll be there.
I used to think "Time To Pay" arrangements with HMRC were a thing of the past. Now I'm not so sure.
Two clients contacted HMRC last week to try to get time to pay, only one succeeded.