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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Dec
07

Yes, it even snowed down here in the West Country. Like most places in the UK this has brought travel to a virtual standstill. It also seems to bring completely inept drivers out on the roads just to make life more difficult.

Nov
28

The last few weeks seem to have be fully taken up with constantly doing stuff in the office, primarily finishing accounts and tax returns.

Nothing wrong with that, it's good to be busy, but sometimes you just need to get out of the office.

Nov
22
1

My tax team are very proud of their job tracking system, they know exactly where they are with every tax return case, how many returns have been filed and how many are left.

Nov
15
2

It may be a particular issue down here in the West Country, but I have noticed my daily post bag getting smaller and smaller.

Nov
10
3

It's official - lawyers know nothing about accountancy! I have been busy all day sorting out the second occasion of poor legal advice this year on the question of preference shares.

Nov
07
1

I always used to hate August when my kids were at school. Before it became harder to take holidays in school time we would often take our annual holiday at the beginning of July.

Oct
28

Do you feel unloved and unappreciated? Apparently you're not alone.

Oct
26

This week's client queries seem to be revolving around HMRC systems failures - so what's new?

The good old £400+ late P35 time waster is still dragging on, HMRC sending final demands to all sorts of dormant and dissolved companies, as well as those with no payroll liabilities.

Oct
24
1

When I was with a Big 4 firm we used to laugh at the notion that sole practitioners and partners in small firms might have over 300 clients each - what, so many that you couldn't see the whole client list in a year if you saw one a day?

Oct
11

I was one of that enthusiastic initial group who had a look at the first three toolkits - and did absolutely NOTHING with them! On reflection I could have shown a little more enthusiasm.

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