Tax Tips

In the age-old tradition of making my Tax Tips topical, I have today received notification that my consent order has been approved by a family law court. For those of you happily oblivious to such terminology, a consent order is a financial contract that is voluntarily and jointly agreed by a divorcing couple, to finalise all financial obligations arising from their marriage.

This week, I am back from witnessing the seething cauldron known as the ‘Night Race’. No, not the mad clamour to get tax returns submitted on time, but one from my bucket list: a floodlit world cup slalom ski event at Schladming in Austria, where 55,000 very excitable Austrians annually create a magical atmosphere, trying to roar home the national hero Marcel Hirscher.

I am about to attend my 25th Langdowns DFK Christmas Party, so I know a thing or two about who dangles the tinsel, who gets a bit snoggy with the emotion of it all, and who to avoid after a bit too much Eggnog …

One of my co-directors has a poster on his wall, saying: “Accountancy was my life, until I discovered Smirnoff”. I have my own saying: “I used to hate winters, until I discovered skiing”. In the past 5 years, my new found winter hobby has taken me to resorts ranging from Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Andorra, Bulgaria, Scotland, Norway … and to Liechtenstein.

This month marks 50 years since Brian Clough first entered football management, as good a time as any to mark his contribution to famous quotes. I know this fact, because I have just looked him up on Wikipedia, after deciding I had re-lived one of his quotes. But more of that later …