Happy New Year

No, that’s not a misprint, 6th April 2010 is New Year’s Day, the start of another new tax year – and what a year it’s going to be.  A general election announced for 6th May.  How exciting is that?  Lots of new tax rules, the new 50% tax rate, the new 60% tax rate, reduced pension relief for high earners.  We’ve had one Budget already, which appears to have been a waste of time because there has been no time to enact it.  We have another Budget to look forward to, whichever party is elected.

We are having difficulty containing ourselves.  Accountants are fun-loving people (and sadistic).  It is the cruel streak of higher taxes that gives life its edge.  Oh! and what prospects there are ahead for further hurt to be applied!

We would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year, but, alas, it’s much more likely to be a preposterous year.  Enjoy the good life while you can – things will only get worse.  You know how the grass always seems greener somewhere else?  At present we are in lush pastures compared to the Earth-warmed, parched landscape to come.  Higher taxes, higher interest rates, squeeze on pensions.  The joy is boundless.

If you use your vote, vote wisely.  I think it’s a toss-up between all the monster raving loonies.

Happy New Year!