Tax Tips

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 …

In the grounds of our Eastleigh office, there is a Grade II listed shed, which has become the subject of a hideous crime. Three of the four mushroom shaped pillars, which have hitherto maintained the stability of the building, have mysteriously been removed. Police suspect foul play, having made the observation that each such mushroom can fetch up to £400.

This Tax Tip is sent to you from my holiday home in Barbados. I bought it in 2007, adding a Caribbean slant to a portfolio of rental properties I have built up in various overseas destinations, including the Mediterranean, the Alps and in the USA.