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
Jun
29
3

Am I mis-reading George Osborne's proposals, or is he seriously thinking of setting a £30-45,000 per annum cap on pension contributions next year?

Jun
22
1

Once again I have come away from the Budget with the impression that it wasn’t half as bad as it could have been, yet with that nagging feeling that while I was distracted the chap standing at the despatch box has nicked my wallet.

Jun
20

I suppose as a tax adviser I should welcome yet another Budget this year. After all, legislative chaos generates a good stream of fees for us!

Jun
16
2

Like many firms, we offer fixed fees with nearly all new clients we take on. People seem to expect it these days – and to be honest, so would I if I was engaging an accountant.

Jun
14
1

This year’s tax books and annuals are coming out, and I have made a decision – I’m not going to buy the any more.

Jun
07

 I have been thinking about why clients leave, and what we need to do to keep them.

Jun
06
1

I get the impression that some non-audit practices – and even some larger firms - don’t pay a great deal of attention to accounts disclosures in unaudited company accounts. 

Jun
01
1

Some time you've just gotta go, at least that's the impression I get from some clients. But I'd appreciate a little more honesty.

So don't tell me you're leaving because of our fees, and then go to the biggest and most expensive firm in the area.

May
20

I must say I'm rather taken with these new HMRC tax toolkits. Nice to get something useful from HMRC for a change.

May
17
2

Some years ago I started getting excited about online accounts software. And nothing much happened. Then the floodgates opened and in the space of a couple of years we have been inundated with any number of new SaaS offerings, a veritable A to Z, from Aqilla to Xero (not quite Zero I'm afraid)!

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