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New queries, issue 4383

11 December 2012
Issue: 4383 / Categories: Forum & Feedback
Underwear; Surplus and deficit; Print and online; The cost of failure


One of my clients operates a garage as a sole trader. Taking my car there for a service the other day (the owner sees this as a way to recoup some of his accountancy fees) I noticed that he was looking rather frozen – “it’s probably something to do with this cold snap” he suggested somewhat sarcastically I thought.

While he was kneeling on the concrete floor and loosening an important looking bolt with a hefty spanner in his bare hands I wondered aloud (being a big fan myself) whether he was wearing any thermal underwear.

Turns out that he wasn’t – well; I’m taking his word for it – and I suggested that this might be a good idea. I was about to add that the expense would of course be tax deductible but then started to have second thoughts.

Before he asked...

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