It may be a particular issue down here in the West Country, but I have noticed my daily post bag getting smaller and smaller.
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.
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.
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.
Do you feel unloved and unappreciated? Apparently you're not alone.
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.
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?
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.