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.

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Dec
21
1

Still chasing in errant tax returns - this has to be the best excuse so far!

I have been playing telephone tennis with this client for weeks:

"They're nearly ready"

"I've been away, you'll have them next week

" ... next month"

Etc

Dec
19
6

Last year we were celebrating having a record number of tax returns filed by Christmas, and we enjoyed a relatively smooth January. I don't think anyone worked much overtime, I certainly didn't have to work weekends in January 2012.

Dec
11
1

In fact, I'm fuming! HMRC does this once a quarter and I'm sure they do it just to raise my blood pressure.

I run a small payroll for a client, just two part-time employees both paid below the NI threshold most months, so there haven't been any deductions to pay over for over a year.

Dec
05
1

A mixed bag today. Good news on personal allowances - from 2014 that is. And great news that the AIA limit goes up ten-fold in January (although watch out for 31 March 2013 year ends, you won't get the full £250K).

Nov
25
12

I recently complained about the standard of spelling and grammar by my team members. I'm now wondering if I was entirely fair to them.

It seems even clients are up to it, but this latest email has me wondering if it's less a case of poor education and more likely a software issue.

Nov
22

Accounts filing deadline is approaching and my assistant comes to me to say,

"I emailed Mr X a month ago for the outstanding information but he has never replied. Shall I email him again?"

"Do we have his mobile phone number on file?", I asked - knowing full well that we do.

Nov
20
18

A client wrote to me today, a beautifully hand-written letter - albeit in block capitals - asking me if I had any "thorts" on his tax liability.

He clearly doesn't have a pedant like me proof-reading his mail before it goes in the post.

Nov
14
1

You know it's going to be one of those days when you get a call like this.

One of my sub-contractor clients is on the phone - must be raining on site:

Nov
08
3

Short answer: not a lot.

Nov
05

It snowed down here on Sunday. Maybe the weather was a warning of things to come on the work front. For some weeks now the inflow of tax return work has been slowing down and we have more or less run out this week.

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