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Weird client behaviour

Anyone else had this ???

Prepared the client SAR in Sept for which she paid in full immediately.

I've just looked at my bank a/c and seen £50 deposited from her on Christmas Eve with the comment Happy Christmas

I must at last be doing something right or undercharging (definitely not!!)

Scary or what??

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28th Dec 2018 10:31

Happy Christmas is clearly code for something. You need to think very hard and solve it before you find yourself immersed in a mystery. Good luck.

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28th Dec 2018 10:36

Shes spotted an error on her return which saved her £££.

That is your reward :)

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By zebaa
28th Dec 2018 11:11

Very kind of her.

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28th Dec 2018 11:14

So, how long has your mother been a client?

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28th Dec 2018 11:24

It's not that I'm ungrateful - just suspicious.

This is un-client like behaviour or is it similar to tipping the dustman who takes away all your rubbish. Must further check the information she gave me

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to bernard michael
28th Dec 2018 13:26

Maybe you'd be less suspicious of everyone if you stopped thinking of tax returns as SARs...

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By Tornado
28th Dec 2018 13:34

It can take seconds for people to make mobile phone payments these days. With a little bit of good cheer and goodwill as Christmas (and a good slosh of wine) and there you are, a pressie for the Accountant.

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28th Dec 2018 16:15

Beware, she may be after your body/brilliant mind and therefore more difficult to shake off.

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to Moonbeam
28th Dec 2018 18:21

Agreed - sounds like a potential stalker to me.

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By SXGuy
28th Dec 2018 21:35

I actually received a £60 drink this year from a client who I'd never have guessed would do it.

I'd have preferred the actual drink but beggers can't be choosers.

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29th Dec 2018 09:34

I had 2 gift vouchers this year from a single client, with the words “I didn’t know what you wanted...”. On visiting the relevant shops, I discovered that the Tesco card was £20 and the M&S card £100!!

Another client got a Xmas present for my 1 year old!

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By frankfx
31st Dec 2018 17:38

Pass the money on to a small local charity.

let client know that you wanted to magnify the good cheer, by matching the gesture.?

Mention too that the tax man will be adding to the generous thought

By midnight 31 December 2018 UK time zone ( !) the world will be all the more welcoming in 2019
and your client will be singing your praises to like- minded people...……. where will this end?

Best wishes to you in 2019.

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By Janski
04th Jan 2019 12:58

I had a bonus cheque for £100 from a client, so not complaining!

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By ChrisKH
04th Jan 2019 14:24

Many years ago, I carried out a very successful negotiation with HMRC on behalf of a client. The client was ecstatic and sent me a brand new PC, screen, keyboard, mouse and speakers as I had mentioned in passing that I only had a work computer system and nothing at home! This was reasonably early on in PC development (e.g. dial up internet) and was totally unexpected.

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By DJKL
04th Jan 2019 15:03

As children we used to get quite a few presents from my Dad's clients- they tended not to be individual presents except say maybe a selection box each (There are four of us) but a good few board games were received, in particular I can remember Spyring (with the chap with the wire rod antennae stuck in his head) and Waddington's Go (travel the world collecting souvenirs)

My parents tended to get ad hoc presents throughout the year, the odd salmon turned up, cases of apples, jars of honey from one client who obviously had a bee and the odd jointed lamb from one Border's client who had a hill farm- I say odd advisedly as both the H & W had been doctors , one a surgeon in a previous career, and whilst I am sure their knowledge of the human body was admirable the cuts of meat, prepared on their kitchen table, were distinctly different from anything one might see in a butchers.

It did often tend to be the hunting, shooting, fishing rural clients my father acted for who in effect tipped the hired help (the family solicitor), though one business (pub chain) client did one year send us a turkey- catch was the driver who was to deliver also had some to deliver to Drybrough's Brewery in Edinburgh- he it appears managed to get to them, imbibed some of their hospitality, forgot about the remaining birds hanging in the van and toddled off home forgetting about the remaining birds until after the Christmas holiday.

My haul this year was a bottle of Glenfiddich, two bottles of wine and a chocolate Santa that is sitting on my desk as I type as I forgot to take it home before Christmas.

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04th Jan 2019 15:18

Do you practice in rural Scotland ?? Sounds like it

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By DJKL
to bernard michael
04th Jan 2019 22:11

No, my father in the main was with an Edinburgh firm (solicitors) but the firm was pretty old and established (circa 1830s) and acted for a fair number of landed estates- the sort of practice where the clients carried on generation after generation and different partners in the firm acted for them generation after generation; I suspect very few firms retain a client connection for nearly 100 years these days.

He did have a small rural evening practice in the mid 1950s, when we lived south of the Pentlands (I was born in the Borders),but once he got his full partnership with the Edinburgh firm in the late 1950s those clients became part of that firm's clients and we moved permanently back to Edinburgh in the mid 1960s.

The good clients re goodies were the Border estates with Tweed fishing etc, I suspect these were part of the reason he took up fly fishing and shooting ,though his casting was only a modicum more tidy than mine!!! ( I cannot afford to fish for Salmon so restrict my very infrequent fishing to Trout and Char)

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04th Jan 2019 22:32

I was going to send something nice in the post to my accountant for seeing me through a tax investigation. Now I've found they've kindly pointed out to HMRC an error in their assessment that has upped my tax bill by 6k.

The only thing they'll be getting in their envelope is a mouse trap!

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By Briar
05th Jan 2019 16:25

Good haul this year - 6 bottle case of Bordeaux, 1 bottle Pomerol and another of St Emilion, 2 large fillet steaks, 3 bottles Champagne, desk diary (regular every year), 2 calendars and not forgetting some kisses (from female clients!). Even an indoor orange tree (!?). 2 bottles of Aussie Shiraz were recycled as gifts to delivery drivers!

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By DJKL
to Briar
05th Jan 2019 18:17

Good class of client you have there, am very partial to steaks and St Emilion.

You just need to get them to offer up the odd bottle of Cote de Beaune to achieve perfection, and possibly a decent Islay malt and some cuban cigars- though my local cigar shop did give me a free Habana -Diplomaticos for Christmas given the volume of cigars I buy from them during the course of a year-though usually somewhat cheaper ones.

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