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If you’ve not yet got a handle on this new-born year, it’s time to listen to our panel for some helpful advice.
It might be a boy, a girl, or twin, but you’ll be crying like a new born baby that’s been slapped by an over-enthusiastic midwife, if you’re guilty of neglecting a few things in 2018, just like you overlooked in 2017 - and come to think of it, in 2016, 2015, 2014, and all the two-thousand-and-somethings before that.
Turn attention to those first few weeks in January, when getting someone in the office is as likely as finding a shop that hasn’t got it’s Easter eggs out on the day after Boxing Day. By that we mean it’s never too early to bring to mind that looming deadline of 31 January.
Yes, selfish we know, but there’s no rest for us at Springfords in the first month of the year. Every day, we’ve been as busy as a local council roads department, gritting our teeth and gritting everything else, processing all that needs processing before the tax deadline.
If you’ve not already done so, don’t forget to return your signed documents to us, and answer any other queries and correspondence. It’s not us you understand. It’s those horrible little fines we don’t want you to incur. So here’s how to stay ahead of the Scrooges at the tax office.
We say start the year as you mean to go on, and start to enjoy your bookkeeping and organising your tax paperwork. Yes, for some that’s like saying what do you like best about root-canal work, but, really, let’s all be more like the dentist than the reluctant patient, and turn over a new leaf in this New Year.
There’s only one way to do it right - and that’s doing a little a lot of the time (this is bookkeeping and organising your tax paperwork we’re still talking about, by the way, not root-canal work). Do it often and it’s no trouble at all. Leave it to the last minute, and you’ll feel just the way you do when your man with the maxillofacial manipulator says open wide.
Like dentistry though, bookkeeping has come on a long way since the time of ledgers, quills, pliers, and a burly assistant to hold you down.
Since the middle of the last century, there have been plenty of automated, interactive, super-clever apps on the market, to help you keep your tax records maintained in ever better detail than before.
Smile, don’t sigh, Springfords can offer some New Year advice on getting your affairs all online, up to date, and even more digitally compliant and connected. No more last minute chores when it comes to presenting your accounts.
Enter the New Year with a polished smile, knowing your tax affairs are in order. You’ve brushed up your books and records to a plaque-free sheen, and you can sit back and relax, and the burly assistant can have the day off.