Ebeneezer Stokdyk stirs from his seasonal sulk to offer a message of hope and good cheer to AccountingWEB members.
The tinsel box is out again, and preparations are in hand for the office party. I’m going to miss it this year, so as usually happens I’ll be the last one to hear all the office gossip.
But my job is to make sure that you don’t end up feeling left out. Here on AccountingWEB we know that the seasonal jollity is tinged with envy and foreboding for members who will be spending the next six weeks doing self assessment work. For them the only hint of human contact and kindness they experience during their 80+ hour working weeks may well come from the automated answering machines on HMRC’s help lines.
We’re planning to be there for you along the way. We will continue to monitor the site and provide a basic service to support those who need a break from tax returns over Christmas. We’ve also noted many times in the past that the government is not averse to sneaking out some surprising announcements under the cover of holiday distractions. We’ll also feed relevant information and discussions through our Self Assessment Zone for the tax preparing community.
While I’m typing about tinsel and office parties, our tax analysts have been chewing over 5MB of Finance Bill documents to distil the bits that are actually worth bothering about. You’ll hear more from them during the week - and there will be plenty of reading material available if tax legislation is your idea of holiday reading.
But AccountingWEB has never been all about the technical stuff. As usual we are letting our hair down for the annual Community Awards and Christmas Gadget Countdown, which will both be put to the vote this week - so you can share in a bit of seasonal goodwill (as opposed to the kind you get on incorporation) without leaving your desk.
We’ll announce all the winners in our Insider on Friday 19 December. That will be our last email bulletin of the year, but we will be back with news of accountancy’s New Year honourees two weeks later on 2 January.
So be good until then, and keep things sensible with the food and sherry at the office party for a healthy, peaceful and prosperous end to the year. You don’t want to end up being the one we all gossip about.
About John Stokdyk
AccountingWEB’s Head of Insight has been with the site since 1999 and likes to spend his time studying accountants’ technology habits. When not nerding out, you can find him exploring obscure indie music and searching for the perfect organic sourdough loaf from his base in Brighton, UK.