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We've all got that ideal Christmas present in our minds, the ones we'd just love Santa to leave under our Christmas trees on the 25th. 

But what we want to find out, for our next Xero's 10 signs roundup, is what accountants most want for the festive season.

It could be a tax legislation change, a super intelligent software system, the latest Audi, the latest iPhone 6 - anything you fancy, the more creative the better! 

And what was the best present you've ever received, from a client, colleague or boss? 

The best ones will be featured in a Christmas special article before the 19th of December. 

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By Phelan
04th Dec 2014 11:02

A bottle of 24 year old Bushmills Irish whiskey. After the bedlam that is December with limited companies, the drink is well deserved.

Clients giving presents? Hah! Had a lump of coal from one once...

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Hallerud at Easter
By DJKL
04th Dec 2014 11:41

Lack of presents angst

Phelan wrote:

A bottle of 24 year old Bushmills Irish whiskey. After the bedlam that is December with limited companies, the drink is well deserved.

Clients giving presents? Hah! Had a lump of coal from one once...

Clients do not appear to give presents to accountants in practice these days (Maybe it is just me), now whether this is a sign of the times or whether it is just accountants, I don't know?

When we were children in the 1960s and 1970 my family received a deluge of presents from my Father's clients (but he was a solicitor) , I can remember a turkey which was never actually delivered, the driver for my Father's client, a publican, who was meant to drop it off at my Father's office stopped to deliver other turkeys to the local brewery and left there to go home on foot, for fairly obvious reasons.His van was still there at New Year with the birds that did not get delivered still in the back (I understand not that pleasant). Presents that did arrive were whole lamb jointed and frozen, whole salmon, jars of honey, apples, board games and toys for us kids, drink, calenders and diaries. As we wrote the thank you letters for "our" presents I know that most of the presents came from rural clients (estates/farming etc) outside Edinburgh, city based clients did not seem to give presents.

Now as an accountant I do get some presents but not because of my practice but because suppliers to the business I work for do drop in spirits, wine and chocolates every year; some are specific to me (one supplier gives me a bottle of whisky every year) some are to the office and shared out amongst everyone.

I am not naive enough to believe I get the whisky for my accountancy skills except insofar as I ensure that all invoices are paid promptly (is that an accountancy skill ?)

The fact that my Father was inundated with presents and I am not brings to mind some conclusions, some of which I am not so keen to embrace:

1. Time has changed things, clients have a different relationship with the professionals they retain.

2. Solicitors are more popular than Accountants

3.My Father was better liked than I am.

4.I need rural clients, they are more generous.

At the moment I am going to work on  the presumption that option 4 is correct   however I have a nasty suspicion that the rest of you are going to post that you all have presents sprinkled over you from beaming clients and 3 might be the correct answer. The worst possible answer will be 2 but I just can't believe that accountancy has slipped that low.

 

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By mrme89
04th Dec 2014 11:03

I have to act surprised every year

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By Maslins
11th Dec 2014 12:15

Suit at Xmas?!

mrme89 wrote:

If you wear a grey suit on Christmas day you deserve a calculator!

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By Red Leader
11th Dec 2014 13:00

Quite right!

Maslins wrote:

mrme89 wrote:

If you wear a grey suit on Christmas day you deserve a calculator!

It should be black tie.

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By mrme89
11th Dec 2014 13:23

Xmas Day

Maslins wrote:

mrme89 wrote:

If you wear a grey suit on Christmas day you deserve a calculator!

 

Only the finest attire is to be worn in my home on Christmas day. 

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By Maslins
11th Dec 2014 13:58

Like this?

Quote:

Only the finest attire is to be worn in my home on Christmas day. 

Like this?

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By DJKL
11th Dec 2014 14:26

Well, it makes a statement

Maslins wrote:

Quote:

Only the finest attire is to be worn in my home on Christmas day. 

Like this?

 

Just the thing to wear as you weave your way home through certain parts of Edinburgh after an office party. You would certainly bring yourself to the attention of the senior partner, talk of the office for months nay years.

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By bigdave1971
04th Dec 2014 11:09

A calculator

When I was at school (many moons ago) loved my Casio calculator and every 10 (?) years I have got a new one with a few more features but the same sleek looks.

Come to think of it, I could do with an upgrade ... if I don't get one from a client (not likely) then I'll have to drop a hint to my wife!!

... I don't ask for much.

 

EDIT: Very funny that my post arrived after the above one!!

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By Gem7321
04th Dec 2014 11:25

My other half gave me a calculator for my 17th birthday and thought that was an acceptable present. 

 

It would have been, except that it had soft rubber buttons. 

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By andy.partridge
04th Dec 2014 11:57

The modern world

DJKL, I think some clients would not think of giving their accountant a present any more than they would their ISP, such is the changed nature of the relationship.

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By Red Leader
11th Dec 2014 11:48

the old days

andy.partridge wrote:

DJKL, I think some clients would not think of giving their accountant a present any more than they would their ISP, such is the changed nature of the relationship.

Years ago I worked in a small firm and noticed how some of the clients gave the partner Xmas gifts of whisky, etc.

I suggested that shouldn't it be the other way round - the accountant giving something to his clients? It was explained to me that some of the clients viewed their accountant in the same category as their tailor - and you tip your tailor.

Apparently.

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By Flash Gordon
04th Dec 2014 11:57

Simple things

All I really want is a fortnight of absolute peace and quiet. That way I could do a ton of reading (for pleasure, not business-related), watch a few dvds, cuddle the dog, cuddle the cats, spend some time on odds and sods hobbies, and generally just have some quality time with myself after a hectic few weeks and a fairly momentous year. 

And while I'm dreaming I'll put in a request for peace and goodwill to all creatures (including humans). The crazy thing is that if everyone wished for this, the world would be an even more fabulous place - but instead people seem to get more and more thoughtless and selfish. 

Best pressie from a client? The £50 M&S voucher. Not so much the voucher itself (though I appreciated every mouthful it bought me!) but the fact that it was completely unexpected. I felt thoroughly appreciated and that's a gift worth having.

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By Donald MacKenzie
04th Dec 2014 11:58

wish list

If HMRC could align payroll and CIS month ends with a real month end that would be nice. Moving the 5th April self assessment year end to 31st March or, even, shock horror, 31st December would be logical.

I have picked up a penalty for missing a CIS return for say June, where I regard that as the month of June, but HMRC call the return for the month to 5th June "June". My HMRC account showed June received but it was what I would call May up to 5th June!

 

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By razertoo
04th Dec 2014 12:23

I get.....

a case of Chateauneuf du Pape every year from one client who gets a fat CIS refund annually. He thinks it's because of something I do. What he doesn't realise (even though its been explained on innumerable occasions) is that its because his contractor deducts tax from everything, labour and materials. Bless him.

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Hallerud at Easter
By DJKL
04th Dec 2014 12:39

Tax planning re Christmas Presents

razertoo wrote:

a case of Chateauneuf du Pape every year from one client who gets a fat CIS refund annually. He thinks it's because of something I do. What he doesn't realise (even though its been explained on innumerable occasions) is that its because his contractor deducts tax from everything, labour and materials. Bless him.

At that level of " gift" there are some interesting tax considerations for both the giver and his recipient.

 

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By jaywood
04th Dec 2014 12:41

Not asking for much

Just a busty blond. 

I have hinted to some of my clients every year. Each year it is a disappointment. 

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By HeavyMetalMike
04th Dec 2014 13:33

I don't want to lower the tone but I did get a H&W client 3 weeks ago with urgent accounts needed.

Went to see them yesterday to get things signed off. Halfway through the meeting the (not unattractive) wife got her you know whats out and started feeding her 8 month old.

But I made such a show of not looking that I cricked my neck!!

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By Glenn Martin
04th Dec 2014 12:54

Not really a present

But I do enjoy a good knees up with some of my top clients just before the Xmas

close down.

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By craig__2k4
04th Dec 2014 13:51

Secret santa

Suduko toilet roll.

I never get bored of that.

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By DJKL
04th Dec 2014 14:25

Top of wish list

I wish Santa to bestow magical powers on my study in the house so that ,like the Tardis, it is far bigger on the inside than perceptions might suggests. (At times it feels like it is the size of a police box but that is probably because it is actually not much bigger than a police box)

It needs endless shelving/file storage so that I can have all textbooks available, and powers to have cloned copies of those that I want to look at but have left in my office at work (embrace the cloud, DJKL) and a floor that repels files when I put them down there because I cannot spot anywhere else to lay them down.

It needs to transport down to the ground floor on demand so that I do not need to cart books and records up and down two flights of stairs ( Given Santa's age and the amount of lugging around he does he will appreciate why this is important)

It needs a CD player/radio that actually sounds okay- this is probably high on the actual list if I do not get the magic office.

It will have powers to repel my wife who goes in to it to borrow my punch, stapler, scissors etc and then denies the transgression so that I do not have to waste hours chasing around my wife's study for my property.Similar powers need extended to the children as and when they are back home, and in my daughter's case there will be an automatic limit on the number of pages that can be printed on my printer regarding sustainable urban living, urban regeneration policies or social justice for animals.

It will also have the power to modify my behaviour so that I do not blame everyone else for the fact that I can't find things and everything is not neatly shelved.

Just in case Mr Claus reads this, the room does still have a chimney, albeit not that big as the room would originally been allocated to a member of the domestic staff, but the chimney is not used so there are no elf and safety implications for its use on the 25th. I will leave a stocking hanging and if on Christmas Day I go upstairs and there is a full size snooker table tucked into the corner then I will know my wish has been granted.

 

 

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By Rachael White
04th Dec 2014 14:30

DJKL

Best answer so far!

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By andy.partridge
04th Dec 2014 14:48

No

Rachael_Power wrote:

Best answer so far!


This is the best answer so far
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By James Reeves
04th Dec 2014 14:50

Panto

andy.partridge wrote:

This is the best answer so far

Oh no it isn't.

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By tugwilson
04th Dec 2014 14:35

Peace to all wo/men and accountants is the best gift.

A nice genuine smile goes a long way too, and doesn't cost a bean!

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By jonstanton
04th Dec 2014 15:00

Book on accountancy humour

I've heard that there is a very popular book out that talks about different types of accountants.  It is called "Fifty Shades of Grey".  Should be just the thing to liven up Christmas.

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By sosleepy
04th Dec 2014 15:35

Best gift for an accountant

A personality?

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By James Reeves
04th Dec 2014 15:55

Did you miss the handout?

sosleepy wrote:

A personality?

These were given out earlier in the year:

https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/article/what-kind-accountant-are-you/559797

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By sarah douglas
04th Dec 2014 16:01

To Survive Christmas Day ( love Christmas )

I am having 16 to dinner at my house this year.  I just hope I can survive after hours of twister hopefully no broken bones, my sons singing of Christmas songs which has already started.  Table Tennis,   Over excitable game of Monopoly and then like every other Christmas all squash into a room with 16 to watch Dr Who christmas day special where no one can move the legs and that is not even the dinner.  I have to work out how to get them all around one table.

And I am not letting them near the Dart board, you know what Christmas is like we do have one.

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By Briar
04th Dec 2014 16:17

The services of a tax dept for a month

Then I could really enjoy Christmas without anticipating the workload to come in January. 

As usual, I shall be filing my own Tax Return on Christmas Day. Have done for years now - it enables me to leave the family, go out to the office 10 yards away (for 5 minutes!), and have my annual pipe smoke.

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By codling
05th Dec 2014 13:26

Simples

I would love an extra January to sort out the late comers!

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By James Reeves
05th Dec 2014 14:38

What about one of these for Christmas?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231396421052

Not sure if it talks though. (Probably for the best!)

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By new2accts
05th Dec 2014 14:39

Ive just received first gift

I had helped a client for free and he posted me a book in called; How to let gods light into your life...

 

 

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By andy.partridge
10th Dec 2014 16:34

That'll teach you

new2accts wrote:

I had helped a client for free and he posted me a book in called; How to let gods light into your life...

 

 

He should know that as an accountant you can not serve God and mammon.
 
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By Rachael White
10th Dec 2014 16:18

AAT's take on presents

This is a great video for ideas... 

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
10th Dec 2014 16:52

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I got a very nice gift from a client as a "thank-you" for seeing him through a tough year. Small jar of chillis he has grown in his garden and pickled.

I was quite touched. 

Just sent him an invoice today as it happens with "discount for provision of chilli's" in the line which would ordinarily say "discount for low volume of sales".

Lovely guy, and lives in the country as it happens, ref DKL's first post. Once cooked me lunch too.

We all need clients like that. 

But if anyone asks about what to buy me, its port. Cant beat a nice glass of port. Or 3, horrible when its been open too long. Well that's my excuse!

I get the odd bottle of that, and the odd case of wine, usually in connection with going "beyond the call of duty" in terms of helping with a tricky situation such as a business sale or major life event and giving decent advice as 'part of the service'. Always very welcome!

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By janetmb
11th Dec 2014 13:19

Christmas presents for accountants

A move of the Self Assessment deadline day so that accountants can relax over Christmas and New Year instead of fielding a barrage of questions and paperwork from clients!!

 

 

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By mrme89
11th Dec 2014 14:19

You just had to outdo me!

 

That suit is definitely worthy of a calculator.

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By Rachael White
11th Dec 2014 16:46

Maslins

Ouch, my eyes...! 

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By jeremy28
11th Dec 2014 17:13

The chap I sit next to tells me he buys himself a present every year. A wonderful idea I think, makes up for the annual disappointment, and allows you to thank everyone without quietly thinking why couldn't they have bought you what you really wanted...

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By andy.partridge
13th Dec 2014 10:23

Rachael's the best

Rachael had the very best idea some time ago, the iKettle.

It's in the sack for my other half, but I'm looking to borrow it for January. I reckon the time saved across the month will allow me to prepare an extra tax return.

Forget property, shares and works of art. This is an investment than can not fail.

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