I can relate to everything is this article and it was definitely a lot harder the younger i was
I've worked at firms, where there was no on the job training or feedback on real world work, too often there was a reliance upon formal training, which in my opinion only gets you so far.
Typically partners and managers are not interested and show little regard for the duty of care they should have towards all staff (except a few favourites!) to prevent a culture where people feel either bullied or worthless in their jobs, let alone any training to help improve and get things right first time....which would benefit everyone
i think a lot is down to training, how many managers have just been promoted for getting qualified, but have no skill or training in managing people, I've certainly been put in that position and felt pretty helpless, so it works both ways
having to sign up each client individually is the real pain, why all clients who we are authorised to act for already cant be signed up in bulk is a mystery
also sign up relies on clients verifying an email from HMRC, which is fine until the client doesn't do this and then problems can kick in
whilst we receive an email from HMRC confirming that clients have signed up, the email doesn't give the client name only their VRN, so checking who has approved is a pain too
just using software alone wont make things better or more accurate
i've always maintained that a client should only use bookkeeping software if they have the time and inclination to do so and do so properly. if they are forced into to using something they don't want to use they'll make a pigs ear of it. they'll leave it to the last minute and just post things willie nilly to get something done, regardless of whether its right or wrong.
automation on software will only help to automate the mistakes that are going to be made
reducing the burden on small business?
cant see how having to provide this information throughout the year is going to help reduce the burden on small businesses when so many struggle to meet one deadline as it is. I don't think this will affect accountants in a bad way
would be interested to see what information HMRC will pull out of clients software if connected - just the figures for the period end or full detail of transactions behind it??
had a few classics
Just last week a client asked me why bad debts were not 724.99 in his accounts - we'd included £725.
have previously had a client ask if they could buy a grand piano for his wife on the business....he's a driving instructor
keeps us entertained!