"And what about when MTD kicks in and they have to do four quarterly reports?" I say.
"You listen to Paul," he says. "Listen to Paul. MTD won't happen. Not for anything other than VAT. They'll do it for VAT, it'll be a hell of a mess and it'll just quietly be kicked into the long grass."
I hope he's right but I'm not sure.
"What do you think, Maria?" I ask.
"Sorry, Allie?" Maria comes out of a daydream.
"Oh don't try asking her," grins Paul. "She's been out of it ever since she started going out with that boy Calum."
"Shut up you old duffer," laughs Maria. "Just because you're past it."
"Quiet both of you, I've got bookkeeping to do," I smile. Their banter has cheered me up again.