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
Jul
07

Practice life, I mean. I have been looking at the Xero.com online accounting package and see that it includes a serious attempt to produce final company accounts, fully Companies Act compliant, full and abbreviated.

Jul
04

Does HMRC really want us to go online or not? If so, why do they make it so difficult?

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.

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