A new tax year has begun, it's too soon to make much progress on 2014 tax returns yet, so the tax team is focused on what must be one of the most thankless tasks we have to undertake every year - P11Ds.
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.
With Easter fast approaching, there's an unseen killer stalking businesses and offices across the land.
I suppose this diary post is in part a public service message then.
That's the question. Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence - and are you prepared to take the risk in case it's not?
That time of year again when our thoughts turn to this week's Budget speech and the accompanying press releases.
I have just spend a rewarding couple of days helping with a project in the local secondary school to provide mock job interviews for the whole of year 10 (14-15 year olds).
Many thanks to Mark Lloydbottom for sparking an interesting debate on fixed-fee billing.
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.
The trouble is, you either go too high or too low! At least, that's how it looks to me.
... 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.
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.