It wasn't so long ago that mortgage lenders would accept an accountant's reference signed by a qualified accountant. Most banks even provided a list of the qualifications they would accept as signatories. But not any more apparently.
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.
I have been dealing with HM Revenue and Customs, and HMIT before that, for many years and I always thought tax inspectors fell into two general categories (with apologies to readers with a dual qualification in dog behavioural science):
They say less is more, and I'm trying to put that into practice here. My aim these days is to do less and delegate more - that way I can ultimately do more myself, but I make sure I do more of the right stuff.
OK, I know it's meant to be hot in the summer down here in the South West, but enough's enough! Some of us have work to do.
Checklists, don't you just love them? There's something sadly satisfying for an auditor to tick his or her way through some sort of checklist, or at least there was during my big firm audit training days.
As we boldly go into summer, it's that time of year again - too much work to do, and not enough time.
My impression was that HMRC would do anything to avoid issuing a tax return if it wasn't necessary. Maybe no longer.
Like most general practitioners, I was sweating by the time I got to the end of Mark Lee's recent article on the Mehjoo case. If you haven't read it yet, do so now!
We take letters of engagement very seriously. I know we're meant to under ICAEW guidelines, and general common sense as professionals, but we have devoted a lot of effort to make issuing and updating them as easy as possible, and ensuring that they are re-issued regularly.