After the latest morality vs tax avoidance pronouncement by a Government minister I fear that I, and small businesses like mine, are going to be the next targets.
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.
There are times when being a general practitioner feels a bit like being a medical GP. Our surgery is always open to patients (sorry, I mean clients) and boy do they like to bring us their problems!
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.
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.
Then how about a clarified ISA?
Not tempted? No, I thought not. Which is the reaction I expect from my team.
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?
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.
I was just reading a VAT tribunal case from earlier this year that should be a salutory lesson to us all.
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
It's June, and that can mean only one thing.
OK, maybe two things - awful weather, but more importantly, loads of work.