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.

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Mar
02
13

Many thanks to Mark Lloydbottom for sparking an interesting debate on fixed-fee billing.

Feb
20

I get sucked into the same response every time a prospective client asks me for a price. I just seem to end up negotiating my own fee down! Well, not any longer.

Feb
12
2

The trouble is, you either go too high or too low! At least, that's how it looks to me.

Feb
05
2

 ... about Auto Enrolment? Now that tax return season is over (all bar the billing anyway), I seem to be hearing more and more about Auto Enrolment. Even clients are asking about it - that's when I start to take things seriously.

Jan
29
3

We all know it's not easy to find a so-called "reasonable excuse" as far as HMRC are concerned. This one sounds pretty good to me.

Jan
26
1

The last week of 2013 tax return filing has just taken a turn for the worse with the return of wet weather. Driving to a client yesterday I met three "Road closed" signs en route and had to find detours.

Jan
20
3

Clients come in all types, all businesses - and all ages.

We have a few active clients well over pension age, especially farmers, but we don't have any under 18. Or, at least we didn't until last week.

Jan
14
2

So we're all half way through January and 31st is looming large. How is it looking for you?

Jan
06
2

A happy new year to AccountingWEB readers from a very wet West Country.

Water levels are still rising, sea defences are struggling with the onslaught from the Atlantic - and the usual suspects are struggling to get their 2013 tax return information to us.

Nov
27
2

Same client, same problem.

I have written about this before, but it still won't go away.

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