I qualified in 1981 and probably bought my first professional tax book that year, when I made the decision to carry on to what was then ATII. Over the years loose leaf books gave way to CD-Roms, then to online library services.
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.
The words that strike dread into the heart of any parent of young children as they embark on a car journey of more than a few miles.
In fact, maybe I should ask "who says ANYONE can multi-task?" My wife is a classic multi-tasker - that is to say her head is full of a million tasks and she tries to do as many as she can simultaneously, which usually results in her achieving none of them.
Not optimistic about how HMRC will cope with the tax changes due to take effect in the first quarter of 2013.
Reflecting back on the 2012 conferences and practice development seminars I have been to, one point that sticks in my mind is something that I seem to have struggled with most of my professional life - work turnaround time.
I have been impressed with the start of AccountingWEB's new Mentoring Project, but as I have just
... I thought, from the top of the office step ladder, while I replaced a couple of fluorescent tubes.
Then I remembered - it's because I'm in charge around here!
Apparently that means that I'm the only one who can:
It's that time of year. Or maybe it's post-Olympics euphoria. It's also getting warmer down in the West Country.
I suppose every practice has clients who phone up every other day and generally make a nuisance of themselves, and others who never call at all. Makes for an interesting balance!
I am sure I have moaned about this before, but just why do HMRC people bother to phone us?