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?
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.
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.
Not quite what Samuel Beckett had in mind, but maybe the plot's not dissimilar. You wait for ever and nothing ever happens.
As we're all aware, HMRC is being leaned on by H M Government to pull in as much tax as possible, as soon as possible. They in turn are leaning on their collection teams to go out and collect the cash from your and my clients.
So Danny Alexander thinks HM Government should clamp down on tax avoidance does he? Just what is his problem?
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.
So the employer's PAYE CD-ROM is about to be deleted, just like a music CDs that didn't sell enough copies!
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
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.
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.