AccountingWEB editor John Stokdyk attempts to lighten the mood ahead of the annual festivities. Will he succeed?
Like many businesses at this time of year, thoughts at AccountingWEB are turning to the excitements of the Christmas party, gift-shopping and winding down ahead of the annual holiday hiatus.
Many accountants, however, will be hearing the clanking chains of self assessment that will shackle them to their desks over the next six weeks.
Just remember that as far as self assessment season goes, this is going to be as good as it gets. Before the promised "death of the tax return" can happen, advisers are going to have to migrate legions of their clients onto digital bookkeeping systems.
By December 2018, they'll have to support unincorporated business clients on one tax system (MTD) while compiling self assessment returns for VAT-registered business clients. The following years will be worse, because the second- and third-wave MTD adopters (VAT registered companies and corporation tax payers) will be updating digitally, but individual directors will still need SA returns for the previous tax year.
And this blog post was supposed to cheer you up.
Just as Paula Tallon told us in the recent Sage Self Assessment Summit, the AccountingWEB crew will be at our stations between Christmas and New Year and will be "there with you in spirit".
We will conclude our Christmas programme with two email bulletins: a "pick of the year" edition on Wednesday 21 December packed with all sorts of celebratory goodies, including a new Christmas quiz. We'll be back on the 30th with a wider-ranging review of the year and seasonal regulars like our quotes of the year.
Aside from providing a platform where you can pick up practical advice from our TaxCalc-sponsored self assessment coverage and share tips with peers in Any Answers, on of our aims at this time of year is to bring a bit of light relief to our members.
We are guided here by the words of Rebecca Benneyworth, who told us: "Keep smiling and try and see the lighter side of life occasionally, because it's a tough old period."
Best wishes too from all of us at AccountingWEB, however you plan to spend the next few weeks.
Stay organised this tax season by downloading this guide from TaxCalc.
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