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
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)!

May
10

Or is it me? Sometimes I wonder.

I suspect we all have them, clients who on the face of it appear entirely lucid and with it, and yet afterwards you wonder - have I just missed something?

May
04
1

That's what Paul Dunn used to say at the Accountants Boot Camps, quoting of course from the would-be entrepreneur's bible, "The E-myth Revisited" by Michael Gerber (which should be a set book on all accountancy and business studies courses - if you haven't read it, get a copy now.

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