Member Since: 12th Dec 2011
17th Jan 2013
Yeah the same happened to me - lost an authorised client and am having to go through re authorisation. Hopefully Authentication code arrives in time!!
16th Oct 2012
I wouldn't think of myself as being bored until...
a client comes along and they have a really exciting business, usually something that no one else is really doing.
Steven Covey starts his 7 habits book by asking the reader to imagine people talking delivering eulogies at the readers funeral - what would the reader like people to say about them.
When viewed in this context accounting can seem boring (no one wants to be remembered for being able to balance a balance sheet or reconcile a bank statement) and possibly they way to avoid being boring is to have activities and interests outside of accounting.
I met an accountant recently who I thought was really boring but after getting to know him I realised that he had an illustrious sporting career prior to becoming and accountant and now I really enjoy meeting him for a chat and we don't talk of accounting.
In another life I worked for a tax consultancy and one of the product offerings required the customer to view 2 hours of tax related videos before the product (tax insurance) started. They wanted to sell it to a guy who owned a chain of strip clubs and I had to explain to my boss that an owner of a strip club would never in a million years watch a tax video.
Guys were so internally focused that they had no comprehension of how the rest of the world viewed them as incredibly boring!
29th Aug 2012
Clegg equate fairness with paying more tax?
I don't understand the choice of words - requiring someone to pay a greater portion of their income as tax than another is not fair. Apartheid was unfair (amongst other things) because people were not treated equally. So why in politicians minds is unequal treatment fair?
Would Mr Clegg consider it fair if his child had less of its teachers time simply because it was brighter and could pick things up quicker than another pupil? (I am NOT suggesting that there is a link between higher tax payers and intelligence or that lower tax payers are idiots - I am a lower rate tax payer).
This country is devoid of any type of leadership. I am so sick and tired of pithy popularist politicking - and they are all guilty of it.
17th Jul 2012
I thought you had three months from receipt of the paper return
A client in January this year received a paper return for tax year ending 5 April 2012 - and it said that he could file the paper return on or before 31 Oct or within three months from the date of receipt of the paper return. He submitted the paper return by 31 Jan and seemingly HMRC accepted it.
Maybe there is a surprise coming in the post.........
17th Jul 2012
depends on the client's industry
As I have worked and owned businesses in the restaurant sector - I assume I am not boring to those clients of mine in this industry as we share a common passion as we can often talks for hours on developments and trends in the industry (and even set things up together). However some of my clients are in industries I know nothing about or ever want to know anything about (caravaning!!!) and I assume they find me pretty dull as we have very little to talk about outside of the financial function of the business. Whilst I will try and research the industry for valuable insight - i doubt i come across as convincing.
Its a valuable lesson i suppose as to why you should specialise in an industry you are interested in.
28th May 2012
How many senior civil servants
can be defined as "controlling"? In my opinion very few and therefore this will have a disproportionate effect on the private sector.