My recent posting on dressing up or down provoked quite a few comments.
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.
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.
As usual, we are still receiving a steady stream of approaches from potential clients looking for help with 2012 SA returns.
A rare occurrence in the West Country, we have about 4 inches of snow and the roads are at a standstill!
Partnerships, don't you just love 'em? They are fine while everything is going well, but just try to wind one up!
Around midday I started to get a bit shivery. Yes, my radiator was getting cooler.
Wandered round the office and the general temperature was dropping too. Various people had put their jackets on and were looking a bit miserable.