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Knowing a client was moving on to an unqualified I've received the following request for info (there is no request for clearance). I wonder, given that I get client's permission is it acceptable for me as ACCA member to reply to such a broad request by sending what I would feel is the usual required info? I've no desire to be needlessly pedantic or obstructive - I just don't want to fall foul of any rules.

Hello

I have been in contact with CLIENT – director of COMPANY, who has now taken on my services as the companies Accountant. Would it be possible for you to send over any documentation you have on file for CLIENT, and COMPANY.

Kind Regards

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10th May 2018 13:26

I would reply asking for the request to be made more specific. If you make your own assessment of what they reasonably require you may end up spending more time dealing with follow up requests.

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10th May 2018 14:12

I agree with johngroganjga. Ask them to be more specific. Chances are they won't know what they are looking for.

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By Mr_awol
10th May 2018 14:16

I'd just give them the normal handover pack. Assuming you have client permission I don't know why you wouldn't?

If they're unqualified they might have no reason to request your 'clearance' and even if they do, it isn't up to you to police their client acceptance procedures.

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By Maslins
10th May 2018 15:45

Assuming this is a typical small company, any new accountant will want the same thing. I don't see much point in going back to them asking them to be more specific, to my mind that would be being "needlessly pedantic or obstructive".

Just send over full accounts & CT comp, trial balance, details of other debtors/creditors if applicable, plus personal tax comp if applicable.

If they want further info beyond that they can ask, and you can decide if it's a reasonable request or not.

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10th May 2018 15:57

Ask them what they want. Alternatively, as requested send over 'any document'. Just the one and at random.

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to andy.partridge
15th May 2018 11:42

That's is needlessly pedantic and obstructive.

Why make someones life more difficult because they have not reached your exalted status.

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to richardterhorst
21st May 2018 11:29

richardterhorst wrote:

That's is needlessly pedantic and obstructive..

I can understand that someone without a sense of humour might see it that way.

I don't want to shout but can you hear me down there?

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11th May 2018 09:41

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11th May 2018 09:44

'As the companies accountant'.

I know this is one small error but why does that lead me to think that this new accountant will be [***]?

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11th May 2018 14:04

The snag is, if you ask for more details, it'll just be wasting your time asking a question to which you already know the answer.

Send a copy of the tax comp, summary of entries on the Tax Return, analysis of prepayments and accruals and tell them the client has the accounts.

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to lionofludesch
21st May 2018 11:31

Snag? It's one of the joys of losing a client.

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15th May 2018 11:22

I would write to the client and wish him/her the best of luck! I am sure it will be needed!

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15th May 2018 20:13

Hi,
I would send over the normal pack and be helpful as the client may come back to you.
Also, I've met good and bad qualified accountants and good and bad unqualified accountants. I treat them all the same and smile, life is so much easier :)
Best regards,

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19th May 2018 06:40

Hi
I would just send the normal handover information as set out in the ACCA rulebook.
Best of luck to the client if they want to use an accountant who sends out such a strange handover request!

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21st May 2018 11:03

Which is less professional, sending a friendly but slightly naive non-standard letter to a fellow accountant, or intentionally trying to screw over said naive accountant just because you are looking down your nose at them for daring to not be in your club?

It's stuff like this that makes me want to hand back my qualifications...

Directed at the respondents, not the OP of course.

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to Constantly Confused
21st May 2018 11:34

Constantly Confused wrote:

It's stuff like this that makes me want to hand back my qualifications....

But you won't, will you, because after dunking a biscuit and savouring the result you will realise that in the grand scheme of things this thread is utterly trivial.

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to andy.partridge
21st May 2018 15:24

andy.partridge wrote:

Constantly Confused wrote:

It's stuff like this that makes me want to hand back my qualifications....

But you won't, will you, because after dunking a biscuit and savouring the result you will realise that in the grand scheme of things this thread is utterly trivial.

My God, I was half way through my Jaffa Cake and, after chuckling to myself over the VAT treatment (as I always do of course), I suddenly realised that life is too short to hate all my fellow professional body members.

It's like you are psychic!

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to Constantly Confused
21st May 2018 15:41

Pleased to hear it.

I sincerely hope you didn't dunk a Jaffa Cake. Digestive, please. (. . . and dunking a JC might force a rethink of the VAT ruling.)

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to andy.partridge
21st May 2018 15:55

andy.partridge wrote:

Pleased to hear it.

I sincerely hope you didn't dunk a Jaffa Cake. Digestive, please. (. . . and dunking a JC might force a rethink of the VAT ruling.)

I've always wanted a tax rule naming after me...

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to Constantly Confused
21st May 2018 15:57

If you think Jaffa Cakes are biscuits, you're clearly leaving it too long to eat them.

Eat them fresh.

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