Member Since: 6th May 2015
9th Jan 2018
Totally agree with your post on all fronts.
And yes your last sentence sums it up very nicely.
5th Jan 2018
Same old routine year in year out. Same lot bringing it in this time every year. The same lot saying I'll bring it in earlier next year.... Joe Public and you can't get away from it.
Of course you can ditch them and loose a bit of decent fee income. You could of course switch to companies and ditch sole traders/partnerships.
Being doing this since SA started and yes you try a different approach (carrot/stick) but the end result is the same.
I accept it and look at it positively thinking of all the months to do this, January has got the be the best. A 31 July deadline anyone?
Moan about it? Nope. It pays the bills.
4th Dec 2017
AnnAccountant - Thank you.
10th Nov 2017
Great. A nice reminder that 'hell' season will soon be upon us, double digit hour days and seven days a week from mid December all the way through to the 31st Jan.
Awaits to be chastised by all and sundry in due course - poor client management etc.
Maybe time for a 20 year SA anniversary cake. Happy days.
21st Jun 2017
Hats off to them. Got away with that one in my book.
7th Jun 2016
There are a few too many of those out there.
10th Jul 2015
The fee - WOW
David Gordon FCCA wrote:
The bill, clearly prepared in accounting software, is for :- preparing the ITR. sole proprietor accounts, claiming CIS refund, and generally dealing with HMRC. Fee £85.00
How? as far as I can tell the only real difference between his costs and mine are membership costs.
Coffee nearly hit the screen!
You talk to most client's/potential client's and it generally hinges on fees. Added value - pffft. The average Jo Blogg's couldn't give a monkeys. Its all about 'how much is this going to cost me?'
Nine times out of ten this is the deal breaker. This is the real world and not the added value world dreamed up by consultants and bodies.
Hat's off to any of you out there who have more then doubled their fees over night with the same clients using added value techniques.
Still not too bothered by XYZ & Co down the road, as long as you're happy that's all that counts, qualified, unqualified, practising or not.
10th Jul 2015
Very much a personal decision. I can see his point totally on a day to day basis as it seems that all you do simply pay your fees and get your magazine. However on a practical note one example that immediately springs to mind and having a recognised qualification does help, is for when client's approach a bank for borrowings and the obligatory accountants certificate gets issued. However, those days though have moved on a bit and more and more reliance is now on the SA302's bypassing the tax advisor and accountant in the process. Qualification's are great imo to get your foot in the door in all walks of life, but it is only merely a stepping stone. Once there the reality sets in as there are no doubt plenty of qualified incompetents out there in walks of life as well as unqualified ones. Attaining qualifications for many is a goal achieved but all it demonstrates in the end is how good you are at passing exams and getting your foot on the ladder. I can only draw parallels with taking your driving test. Enough said.