I thought that last daft PAYE code number was the winner. Until today!
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 suppose I should just keep my head down and not say anything, but I am sure this is an issue for firms across the country.
I see HMRC has launched yet another campaign to encourage a specific group of (non-)taxpayers to come clean.
This coding notice has been circulating the office and creating quite a few laughs. It starts:
"You need a tax code so Jobcentre Plus can check your tax position when you come off Jobseeker's Allowance, or at 5 April 2013, whichever is sooner."
One of the challenges for the general practitioner is remembering the huge list of tax dates and deadlines we have to manage each year.
I'm pretty happy with the month end deadlines, but all the messy mid-month deadlines really challenge my grey matter.
Attending a business seminar earlier today, I was struck at the range of attire among the accountants there.
Across the country, it's that "how was it for you" time in many accountancy practices.
After the slow start to the month, I am amazed to find that the 2012 Tax Returns are virtually finished two days before the end of the month.
Looks like we won't be sat here at 9pm on 31st finishing off the lasts et of accounts - yes, it has happened in the past!
I suppose the fact that I am posting this on Sunday evening says it all - despite a marked improvement in tax return filing in the last couple of years, it seems most clients are back to their same old ways this year.