Member Since: 22nd Apr 1999
24th Nov 2015
As usual poor statistics are to blame for what sounds like a horrific inequality. These days it is hard to find the same job that pays differently between genders - where the problem lies now is that fewer women are in the higher paid jobs. This is something that will right itself over time as the more equal younger workforce comes through the ranks. To those that doubt this accountancy now has more female trainees than male so it would very difficult for this not to happen.
I look forward to the second part of this blog in the hope that it discusses these issues in a better way.
26th Aug 2015
Continuing the geekiness
Despite recognising there is probably only tom123 and myself who are interested...
This was brought to my attention today:
and its probably of interest to all those in practice. I really do dislike when treatment for different taxes is deliberately taken on a divergent route - I strongly believe that where ever possible HMRC should be driving for consistency to make everyones life easier. Hopefully this will get knocked back at tribunal and a more sensible and consistent treatment will emerge.
25th Aug 2015
Employee related entries
If you look at this statement in terms of employee related entries rather than actual employees then, as there are likely to be holiday pay accruals, pension and PAYE/NI entries within the liabilities section of the balance sheet, it's probably correct. It's still incredibly misleading though.
25th Aug 2015
It can be confusing
My wife drives a VW transporter shuttle (we have 4 kids!), because it is taxed as a private vehicle the car speed limits apply (even though its a van derived car - a definition that doesn't really exist).
If it where the Kombi version of the transporter it is possible to tax these either as private or as commercial vehicles - so the private vehicles have the car limits and the commercial ones don't yet the only difference in vehicle is based the first owner decided the tax basis should be. It's a little crazy. It could lead to some strange conversations with clients "so if you buy this vehicle you'll need to consider BIK's and speed limits".
20th Jul 2015
The perfect child
Doesn't exist! Neither does the perfect parent. The reason there is such debate about 'methods' of parenting is a) different things work differently for different people (because people are different!) and b) no-one really wants to admit to being a bad parent so you only get to hear the succes stories.
I have 4 young boys - they are all completely different personalities and react differently to the entirely consistent (ish!) parenting that my wife and I give them.
As long as you enjoy your time with them and involve them in your life you'll be giving them what they need. Think back to your own childhood - the good memories won't be the big planned holidays or events but the everyday things where you are involved with family life, my own memories are things like mending the car with my father or cooking with my mother.
17th Jul 2015
Why, when you are getting stressed about client work, are you wasting so much time looking at practice management software? Doing client work would be better at this time.
17th Jul 2015
Surely you need the Bentley to take people to the hospital?
Isn't that a reasonable position to take with the boss?
10th Jul 2015
chatman wrote:kevinringer wrote:
Currently we have six chartered bodies and numerous non-chartered. Is there really much difference between ACCA and ICAEW or any of the others? No. I feel having so many bodies weakens us as a profession. I would like to see all bodies merge into a single ICA (Institute of Chartered Accountants). As a single body we could then protect the "accountant" designation. We then may begin to actually get some value from our subscription. I am ACCA by the way.
Whilst I have no opinion on the matter, many Certified Accountants appear to prefer the designation Chartered; as soon as their association changed from CACA to ACCA (still lamented by the less mature of us), they all started calling themselves chartered accountants, so they must think it is more prestigious.
The thing with chartered is it implies a level of competence - operating under royal charter. People understand the word chartered as being a professional level, there are Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Engineers as well as Chartered Accountants.
I would fully understand any ACCA calling themselves chartered as a) they are, and b) saying you're certified usually leads to someone saying 'yeah certified insane'.
I personally think it would be much more useful for the world of accountancy if all the UK accountancy bodies merged, however I doubt that'll ever happen.
10th Jul 2015
I would resign my ICAEW membership but I worry that I might need it again some day for something totally unforeseen. It is absolutely no use to me for anything else. Most clients don't know the difference between a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Accountant, let alone the difference between a qualified accountant and an unqualified one.
Thats a bit of a strange last sentence - I would expect more understanding of qualified verses not qualified than type of qualification.
26th Jun 2015
As a Yorkshire man living in the Midlands I must step up and challenge you. The majority of accent studies show Yorkshire accents as being 'friendly & trustworthy' whereas brummies are assumed to be a bit thick! I may have pointed these sorts of studies out to colleagues previously.
They never give details about who they ask for these opinions though so I take it all with a massive pinch of salt.