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Are you all smug?

You are all done?

Are you all smug about the fact that your tax returns season is over?  Do you have that smug look?  Like THIS

I am not interested in numbers and percentages, but feel free. 

Hopefully, by Friday, I will have that smug look as well. 

 

 

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22nd Jan 2018 13:34

Not yet. Still around 10 with no info, yet.

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22nd Jan 2018 13:34

Yes - pretty much done. Just waiting for three signatures - which is, obviously, the taxpayer's job.

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to lionofludesch
23rd Jan 2018 12:25

Mis-post. But since I now have a space to fill Lion, do you mean taxpayers' job? Or are you waiting for the same taxpayer to sign three documents?

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to I'msorryIhaven'taclue
24th Jan 2018 09:49

The latter.

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22nd Jan 2018 13:49

A dozen or so, but some with self-employed accounts to prepare, CGT calcs on sale of second residence, and property rental incomes - so I expect harvesting information will go all the way to the wire.

Smug? Not really. Indifferent? Yup. My father died last week, just before the rush of lastminute.com clients, and that put into perspective the £100 fines these undeserving ***** will have to pay (because I certainly can't be *rsed with their latminutecrap).

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to I'msorryIhaven'taclue
22nd Jan 2018 14:04

Sorry to hear about your old man.

I have been parroting "Expect to pay £100 if you leave it this late" since last Monday.

Several I could do, but sod 'em quite frankly. Its just rude.

Had one in over the weekend for a last bit of data we have been waiting for since November (all the rest in before our deadline) and he was cheeky enough to ask me to respond in 24 hours. Which I did, telling him I hoped to look at it on Monday or Tuesday, next week.

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to ireallyshouldknowthisbut
22nd Jan 2018 14:28

Thanks, and I wholeheartedly agree with sod 'em this year.

I'm downing tools in half an hour and am going round the pub to write a eulogy. Hearing of Jimmy Armfield's death this morning reminded me of an old photo of my dad lining up at centre-half in a team photo for the RAF in 1945, at the end of WW2 (Dad was quite elderly, and spent the latter days of the war dropping bombs on the Fatherland). With the war drawing to a close, a footie match between the RAF station and a local German POW camp was arranged, not only as a morale-booster for the RAF camp but also for the local town. Unfortunately the Germans won 2-1.

I guess there's a story in there somewhere for the eulogy. It just needs a few beers to bring it out. Tax returns? Nah, mañana maybe.

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to I'msorryIhaven'taclue
22nd Jan 2018 15:05

Correct choice. Family comes first.

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to I'msorryIhaven'taclue
22nd Jan 2018 20:22

Sorry to hear about your Dad.

Jimmy Armfield came to my primary school (Broughton near Chester) one eveningto form part of a panel to talk about football.

Locally it was a big deal and the school hall was packed.

Can't remember all the others on the panel but pretty sure it included Joey Jones when he still payed for Wrexham which would have made it 1975.

I was 8 at the time so he obviously made a lasting impression, I've sort of followed his career since then particulalry his football commentary on what is now Radio 5 Live.

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to Kent accountant
23rd Jan 2018 11:38

Thanks, and like Jimmy Armfield you just missed out on England's finest hour in 1966 when England avenged the earlier RAF 1 German POWs 2 defeat (aka when West Ham won the World Cup).

Armfield had been England captain in the early 'sixties, but like Jimmy Greaves missed out on the World Cup Willie Finals through injury (both had been automatic selections, but J.A. damaged a toe in a pre-tournament warm-up against Finland and J.G. a gashed shin in an early round match with France. No subs back then, and neither got back into the England side that year).

Anyway, I too enjoyed listening to Jimmy Armfield's radio commentaries, and it was noticeable that there was never any trace of bitterness on his part. Maybe playing on the same wing as Stan the Man for Blackpool meant the sportsmanship rubbed off on Armfield.

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to I'msorryIhaven'taclue
23rd Jan 2018 12:00

I'msorryIhaven'taclue wrote:

Armfield had been England captain in the early 'sixties, but like Jimmy Greaves missed out on the World Cup Willie Finals through injury (both had been automatic selections, but J.A. damaged a toe in a pre-tournament warm-up against Finland ....

A damaged toe ?

Alan Prescott played in a Test Match against Austraiia with a broken arm. Sam Burgess played in an NRL Grand Final with a fractured eye scocket. John Sattler played in another Grand Final with a broken jaw.

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to lionofludesch
23rd Jan 2018 12:22

lionofludesch wrote:

A damaged toe ?

Alan Prescott played in a Test Match against Austraiia with a broken arm. Sam Burgess played in an NRL Grand Final with a fractured eye socket. John Sattler played in another Grand Final with a broken jaw.

Well I'm sure what with their being no subs back then Jimmy Armfield would have played on with a broken toe - but I can see why Alf Ramsey wouldn't select a player with a broken toe (or for that matter a broken arm, fractured eye-socket, or broken jaw) for the starting line-up. That's why the two Jimmies were dropped from the side.

Of course, your list of carry-on-regardless players is topped by Bert Trautmann, the Manchester City goalie (and ex-German POW) who famously played on in a cup final with a broken neck (but don't try this at home, kids). Come to think of it, I wonder if he was the German POW goalie in their 1945 win against Papa's RAF side?

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to I'msorryIhaven'taclue
23rd Jan 2018 11:18

January is such a [***] month. A 'popular' month for bereavement. Both my parents died in January (years ago). Sorry for your loss.

Never tire of telling those stories. It gives him eternal life.

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to andy.partridge
23rd Jan 2018 11:52

Thanks mate. Well the best storyline I could come up with for the eulogy ties in with my choice of hymn (I got to choose one!) Fight the Good Fight. So far I have fighting the Germans (but losing 2-1); carrying the fight into civilian life by marrying in the'fifties and, following a divorce, again in the 'seventies; and finally losing his fight against the Big C.

There's a RIP ending: I once asked him which of his two wives he'd like to be interred with for eternity, following which he wrote a codicil that he be cremated and his ashes buried at his parents' grave. I guess his fighting days are over.

It needs more beer - is it opening time yet?

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to I'msorryIhaven'taclue
22nd Jan 2018 22:54

I (still) feel your pain, some 25 years after my Dad passed away. The only thing I can say, from experience, is; I haven’t, got over it but, I can talk about it.
I still miss my Dad and still, love him to bits. The best man I ever knew xx

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to Chris.Mann
23rd Jan 2018 11:59

Thanks, pal. Just because we don't cry doesn't mean we don't feel the pain, eh?

I'm fed up with hearing from the vultures about the crystal and the poinsettia tea-set, and am contemplating an alternative eulogy along the lines of Papa was the last of his generation, so thank God I shan't have to see you lot again!. That too needs polishing with a beermat, on which note I see it's noon already. Lunch, everyone.

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to I'msorryIhaven'taclue
24th Jan 2018 09:34

My condolences on your loss..

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22nd Jan 2018 14:56

Yes, for the past week, smugness personified - one return will be late but HMRC have forgotten to issue a notice to deliver so it's the client's lucky day.

My father used to have a kick around with Tom Finney during WW2. Puts into perspective some of the rubbish we have to deal with some times.

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to thomas34
06th Feb 2018 18:10

The 'Preston Plumber'.

I read a tale of how one Saturday afternoon he helped nurse a nervous young player, who was making his first team debut for Preston North End, through the match. After the final whistle the youngster said "Thank you, Mr Finney, and if there's anything I can ever do to repay you just let me know." Finney replied "Well, I'm fitting a bathroom suite tomorrow, and my labourer is off sick. So report to my house at 8 o'clock sharp in the morning!"

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By mbee1
22nd Jan 2018 15:53

I'm ploughing away here - still a number to come in. Mostly straightforward and I've still got a few who owe me information. They'll get done but it may mean burning the midnight oil. Already one or two have said they'll pay the penalty.

Interesting "lionofludesch" you're awaiting signatures. Who gets a wet signature these days?

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to mbee1
23rd Jan 2018 11:56

mbee1 wrote:

Interesting "lionofludesch" you're awaiting signatures. Who gets a wet signature these days?


Did I say "wet" ?
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22nd Jan 2018 19:10

I have 10 small ones to do, not helped by the fact I had the flu the second week in January!
Still awaiting 3 to come in, but have a good mind not to do them in time. I'm fed up of the same people every sodding January thinking I am sat here twiddling my thumbs and will always squeeze them in.
Has anyone ever issued revised engagement letters?
Stupidly I never put a deadline clause in mine but wondered if new ones can be issued?

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22nd Jan 2018 19:23

Feeling smug?

Well yes - turnover this month will be 38% higher than last month which in turn is 54% higher than turnover the same time the previous year.

Tax returns? Yeah got a few of those to do...

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to Kent accountant
23rd Jan 2018 12:04

Kent accountant wrote:

Feeling smug?

Well yes - turnover this month will be 38% higher than last month which in turn is 54% higher than turnover the same time the previous year.

Sounds like someone's been watchin' their Xero dashboard :)

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to I'msorryIhaven'taclue
23rd Jan 2018 15:30

Maybe...

Well last night I was watching 'you' in Taken on Amazon Prime after catching Taken 3 on TV last week.

Might complete the trilogy in a fcked up order this evening.

Edit: Title corrected - watching to many films recently...

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to Kent accountant
23rd Jan 2018 15:27

Ahha, well I heard so many times I'm a ringer for LN - he's a little older, but still - I plumped for his avatar. Comes in handy: my daughter's boyfriend is wary of me - with good cause, mind you - and the EU chappies at the carwash are extra-respectful.

I'm guessing btw you mean Taken not Trace? Unless LN played Old Lars or similar as a Cameo in Trace? Either way, enjoy!

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to I'msorryIhaven'taclue
23rd Jan 2018 20:05

Taken

Something which isn't always obvious on the big screen is what a lump he is, Famke Janssen is 6ft and he towers over her.

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to Kent accountant
24th Jan 2018 09:17

According to his bio he's 6'4" and 15 stone plus, the same as yours truly.

Hey! Did you just call me a lump?

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23rd Jan 2018 10:52

I was
BUT
In the last 10 days I've picked up 5 new clients.
Now less so

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23rd Jan 2018 20:33

So sorry for your loss 7 years today that I lost my dad ( and the day before my birthday)
What I realised was that whatever was going on for you ( had an op too) the same clients would ignore your pleas for timely info
So, not smug exactly but currently on a beach celebrating a significant birthday will be back in the office on 30th to do salaries and three easy returns can’t be doing with tw%ts

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to sonoftwosheds
24th Jan 2018 09:11

Thanks, and happy significant birthday for today, 24th. I do hope the beach you're celebrating on today is somewhere warm, and not subject to the ravages of Storm Georgina (which is blowing down trees here!)

I too am feeling not exactly smug; more complacent about the whole thing. It's struck me a few times over the years that the tail-end charlies are so narcissistic they don't factor in illness or other commitments or that their accountant might have something better to do (like laying on a beach, maybe) the last week of January.

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24th Jan 2018 12:51

Last 17 to go now before my smug look. Should be done by Friday (hopefully). 5 of the 17 awaiting thumbprint.

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24th Jan 2018 14:05

Been waiting for this client month by month & week by week. Latest excuse is that her company bookkeepers husband died last Friday and can we ask HMRC for more time. On checking she's not telling porkies but I had to say no more time

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