I generally look at my e-mails once a day and reply where appropriate. However, i never answer e-mails or take phone calls out of office hours.
The technology available at the moment dose speed up processes however, it cannot read or interrupt anything. You need the knowledge in the first place.
For some areas of tax i use a product called tax planner interactive and it works fine however, if you don't understand the questions it asks you are going to be in trouble.
What software companies and HMRC don't understand is that most business owners do not want to do bookkeeping and accounts and companies like xero and others encourage business owners with no experience of bookkeeping to do it themselves. Have you actually seen the state of some of these records?
And if it is true that software can replace accountants most of HMRC will be made redundant as records and tax calculations will be perfect all the time. let's face it we have not even achieved a 100% paperless office at the moment.
The official meaning of accountant " a person concerned with the maintenance and audit of business accounts and the preparation of consultant reports in tax and finance"
I believe Chartered Accountant is protected. I dropped my letters and joined ICPA i have seen good and bad both sides of the fence.
Many years ago i worked with a girl who achieved pass rates between 70-80% in her exams however, could not apply anything she had learned in the real world which in my opinion is where you learn how to do the job.
Personally i think it should be down to HMRC to provide the free software. Otherwise the people who do have to pay will have to pay a premium for those that don't.
These ICPA non-quals need to wind their necks in big time.
I don't know how they have the brass neck to operate in a profession without professional qualifications - let alone then try to speak out on behalf of the profession on whose turf they squat.
The exams aren't THAT hard if you have a brain that's up to the job. Just sit them. Till then, shut up.
I did qualify through ACCA and was a member for 10 years however, membership had no benefits for me personally so i joined ICPA and resigned my ACCA membership.
This is almost laughable maybe receipt bank should get there current offering to work properly.
I tried there current product and spent hours each month correcting errors.