Sometimes the clouds of volcanic ash in my brain part and I see a glimpse of the future. Or at least how the future ought to look if the People in charge had any sense!
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.
Losing the tax benefits of the furnished holiday lettings regime was going to hit us pretty hard down here in the West Country. But now we're in limbo.
That's the trouble with reading a newspaper, something which unfortunately I rarely get the chance to do. You learn things you never realised you needed to know!
Last month I was moaning about the flyer we were receiving with each and every agent's copy of a PAYE coding notice.
I was going to avoid all references to the big 'E' but I couldn't resist the opportunity to share one of my early experiences of the profession.
The other bane of my life is CIS refunds for companies. Why do they have to be so difficult?
Nope, we were all tucked up in bed nice and early last night. Everything was done and dusted by about 6pm.
I eventually got through to a real tax inspector the other day to chase up one of my lingering s419 repayments and he helpfully took the time to explain the system, so I though I'd share this wisdom with you:
Am I the only one on the receiving end of some odd communications these days?
I am talking about exchanges of emails that completely fail to communicate anything. I was beginning to think perhaps my powers of communication were leaving me. Then I had a thought.
Over the years there have been some consistent themes since my earliest years as a trainee - no-one has ever wanted to do P11Ds or annual returns - or to be the office VAT expert!
And I still hate doing P11Ds: