As we were discussing elsewhere just before Christmas, 2021 has been a very, very tough year for accountants. Just think back to the sequence of compliance issues that came in the first part of the year (Brexit/VAT, domestic reverse charge for construction, IR35 for the private sector) and throw in the ever-changing variety of furlough grants and income support schemes generated by the pandemic.
Aside from the unwelcome presence of the virus for the past two years, MTD has been ever-present in our consciousness, as it has been since MTD for VAT first came into effect back in April 2019.
With many practitioners spending the holiday period with tax returns, and so much uncertainty in the air with the latest Covid-19 Omicron variant and the economic repercussions, we're still not out of the woods yet.
And yet... could it be that there might be a window opening to look ahead and bring some longstanding ideas and plans back into play during 2022?
Are you one of those who is looking forward to a more proactive year? And if so, what plans are you making and where are you looking to improve?
Staffing and culture were very prominent among the concerns of our Accounting Excellence Award entrants earlier in 2021, so we expect to see a lot more activity there. And on the technology front, the signs of a spring practice software surge are all around.
Richard Hattersley has summarised our editorial calendar for 2022, but we'd like to flesh that out by hearing what everyone here is planning for the year ahead.
And on behalf of the whole AccountingWEB team, we wish you a happy, productive and uneventful new year - apart from the things that you actually plan to happen.