Last week was one of those weeks used mainly for catching up on "stuff" that needs doing but doesn't feel very productive, the main example being getting the accounts up to date - an exciting process if ever there was one. This has also involved the related topics of "arguing with my accountant" as they've got it wrong again, and "where did I put that invoice" that I've already paid.
I shall keep mum regarding the identity of our accountants but when I was self-employed, tax returns seemed to involve them choosing a random number and then waiting for HMRC to adjust later which either meant a large and unexpected payment from me at short notice or, very occasionally, a nice rebate.
So far since we became a limited company they have only run payroll and VAT. VAT has been great, I keep my accounts using Sage Instant and run the VAT routine so I know how much we need to pay. I then send the Sage back-up file to the accountants who run the same routine on their version, generate the same report and then charge me for it. Payroll too has been OK except for the end of year P35 where my accountants have me down as paying less than they told me to pay during the year which is the actual amount I had paid. They also didn't tell me about the employer NI break I was entitled to and only found out via a fellow business owner and we applied it after paying out initially.
If I ran my business as haphazardly as they do I'd have few customers (I now expect a series of replies along the lines "What do you mean IF?"). Nearly as bad as solicitors, don't get me started on them!!