The accountants guide to surviving tax return season

2nd Nov 2018
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Now the Budget is out the way, next on the accountant’s calendar is self assessment season. Philip Fisher’s new series prepares accountants for the torturous annual ritual.

Any accountant who runs a private client practice that involves a significant volume of business assisting clients who need to fill in personal tax returns is likely to spend much of each autumn in denial.

However, when November dawns, they realise the inevitable has come around again. The tax return season is about to get into full swing, which means cancelling all social engagements and potentially missing out on the Christmas and New Year festivities.

It is a fact of life that most human beings have an inbuilt desire to leave everything until the last minute whenever the opportunity arises. This is not a strategy that fits well with the need to complete hundreds of tax returns by a fixed deadline.

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