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.
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.
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.
... 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.
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.