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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Sep
20

So Danny Alexander thinks HM Government should clamp down on tax avoidance does he? Just what is his problem?

Sep
13

I am amazed how often I hear other accountants and business owners express surprise that the Government doesn't do anything to stem the growth of small and one-man (sorry, person) limited companies.

Sep
06

So the employer's PAYE CD-ROM is about to be deleted, just like a music CDs that didn't sell enough copies!

Sep
05
3

A couple of months ago I wrote a diary entry that asked what accountants are going to do when the accounting function has been completely automa

Aug
27

I'm on a roll today. I have managed to get TWO clients though the agent registration for online VAT returns after numerous failed attempts. We gave up last quarter and filed a photocopy of a previous return with the dates amended by hand, just to make the point.

Aug
23
1

Or at least that's what BT used to say.

But once again I have had to deal with a client who was fed up with HMR&C delays in producing a tax repayment and decided to chase it up himself.

Aug
18

Don't look now because they have just updated it - but I noticed on the HMRC website home page last week that the "What's new" section appeared to be offering news of the regional employer NIC holiday announced in the July Budget.

Aug
15

I see over on Any Answers that the going rate for filing a VAT return online for a client is between £15 and £50 per return.

Aug
09
1

I hope it's not a foretaste of the impending Government spending cuts, but HMRC seem to be less than their usual "efficient" at the moment.

Aug
04

I have thought this for some time but never formalised the notion. If you look at your client list, I am sure, like me, you can identify a number of people and businesses that can really be called clients.

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