The original post from Tom refers to spam on "old articles" and "AA threads from years gone by", that's a little different from the introduction of a 14 day and 30 day limit wouldn't you say?
Don't you just love a consultation that really never was a consultation.
Perhaps I'm getting grumpy after a few years, or perhaps because I don't have to report to senior partners anymore, but in the last 12 months I've had a couple of audits that I've resigned from because they were a complete liability.
On both occasions I've decided that it was only fair to be entirely honest and listed all issues that I encountered (there were at least 6 issues on both of them), of course you need to ensure that it is entirely factual, and not just you 'venting' or appearing to have sour grapes.
Knowingly omitting to tell them major problems I think is the same as lying, particularly between fellow professionals. Infact it borders on fraudulent misrepresentation.
In your case Glennzy I would definitely mention the problems you had, if I was the new accountant taking over and you didn't mention them to me (and particularly if I was later out of pocket) then I certainly wouldn't hold the previous accountant in high esteem. Probably not such an issue if the new accountant was far away in Essex, but if he's local to you then I'm sure it'll come back to bite you one day. Just my thoughts. I don't see the point in beating around the bush, just be honest and factual.
One of those questions I've always dreaded being asked.
But to be fair that’s exactly the criteria every client and accountant is bothered about.
Long term investment returns are beyond our area of expertise (in fact against what an accountants regulatory body will allow) and I suspect that an IFA wouldn’t give much more useful advice
For what it’s worth virtually all my clients use NEST, except for one because they asked Sage, who in turn referred an IFA to them, who in turn charged £3,000 to set up a scheme.
I suspect there may be a fair few Xero licenses going spare too, didn't KPMG buy about a gazillion of them?
Assuming that it was an amicable arrangement, how long does an old telephone number for a different taxi company with presumably no ongoing advertising or marketing last? Less than a year?
How much is he willing to pay for such a service? I assume it’s not worth getting a client account setup and doing it yourself?
I did this a few years ago for a client, I didn’t charge specifically for it though as it was part of a larger accounts package.
I know the banks used to offer such a service, you had to fax the form to them so it was a few years ago now! Think it took them 3 days to make the payment by BACS.
This kind of advice is part and parcel of the annual accounts service in my view, even more so if they prepare your personal tax return. You don’t need daily advice.
Ask your accountant, it will take less than 5 minutes to do the relevant calculation based on the information you give him. Most likely an oversight.
Was it actually a private loan from the director to his brother, but the company accidentally or just to simplify things paid it directly to the brother? In which case directors loan account instead.
Problems with that - potential tax, disclosure, and why the company registered a charge for a loan it didn’t make.
I don’t see the point in bringing this in. Over the years i must have followed hundreds or thousands of threads and only very rarely get the spam comments and messages. It takes me all of about 5 seconds to identify it as rubbish and delete it. If I could be bothered I could presumably unfollow the threads i’m no longer interested in.
On the other hand, there have been very many comments i’ve Received on older threads that have proved extremely useful, I would no longer receive that benefit. Just because they are older doesn’t make them irrelevant, even tech threads.
The problem is surely because of spam accounts, why not tackle that problem directly rather than introduce a new makeshift rule that detracts from useful information being shared. The spammers will presumably simply start on new posts rather than old ones once their current method is scuppered anyway.
From memory there have been a number of suggestions by Awebbers as to how to restrict new members from spamming, and also asking ridiculous questions.
How many spam messages are people actually receiving ? Maybe i’m Just lucky. If your tech team are telling you that spammers are targeting old threads, can they also tell you exactly how old the threads are, you can then introduce the rule (if you have to) targeting the specific time frame rather than guessing.