So, I have been thinking about the Caribbean.
White sandy beaches, gently swaying palm trees, green seas sparkling like emeralds beneath an azure sky.
Thatched huts with pretty young things mixing sublime cocktails, delivered to your sunbed with a smile and a garnish of fruit.
Delicious evening meals served on outdoor terraces. Wicker chairs and beautifully set tables with crisp linen tablecloths and napkins. A chilled bottle of something sparkling sat in a crystal ice bucket.
Mmm, Montego Bay is calling me
Ah, but cue the bit in a film where there is a screechy noise and a judder of the picture and the lead character halts abruptly. It’s January. I should be fighting my way through masses of paperwork completing tax returns.
Yes, I should. It seems, however, that rather than get their paperwork in nice and early and save money to boot, my lovely clients are happy to pay the surcharge for not having got their paperwork in by Christmas. At least that means that when I am working later/at the weekend at the end of January I can be thinking how that extra money will pay for me to have a lovely holiday in the sun in February.
For the last few years the surcharge has been £75 plus VAT when information isn’t received by Christmas. For 2017 tax returns this will increased to £100 plus VAT for when information isn’t received by the end of November. So, two weeks in Saint Lucia for February 2018. They have some nice beachfront level walkout rooms there …