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.

Latest posts
Jan
21

As expected, I am spending quite a bit of time on the road this week, calling on clients to collect that last piece of data for their 2010 tax return, or to go through the return and get it signed.

Jan
18
1

There's a quiet, unspoken confidence among the tax team at the moment. They assure me that everything is under control, and they are certainly putting in the hours.

Jan
16
3

We're in trouble with our professional fees insurers. Well, not really in trouble but I sense they are worried about this year's renewal. Why? Because we simply haven't made any claims in the last 12 months, and I think from my office not even in the last 24 months.

Jan
12

Seen the latest copy of Accountancy magazine? A rather amateur Photoshopped picture of a wedding cake topped with two men in suits to advertise the lead article on partnerships.

Look again.

Jan
04

So like many practices we still have quite a proportion of our annual tax return quota in progress to some degree or other, and a small but worrying number not yet started.

Dec
21

31 December - or effectively 24 December - has become the latest deadline to beat. We seem to have more 31 March company accounts to file than ever before.

Dec
08
4

All the talk by the media and politicians about student loans this week has got me thinking - was I meant to be doing something with these on tax returns?

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.

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