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June 6th, 2012
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On asking me to call a ceilidh...

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From:aiwendel
Date:June 6th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
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hmm...
The tax question is interesting.
My gut response is, it's an insignificant amount of money per year.

But then I am with you on the pro tax thing. And I do stuff like buy my petrol and packet of sweets on separate cards so the fuel goes on my trade account and the food on personal, routinely, even though it's a pain. Having said that once a year or so I can't be bothered, but that's about £2.50, and at least not a routine error for accountants to be annoyed at. Everything else goes through my accounts, but given I have the tax return nightmare anyway it isn't any more effort for it to.

If I were you I'd either take cash and give a portion to charity, assuming it's less than, say, £200 or so per year or less than £50/transaction. -ie not worth the effort of the accounts.

However given your worries about doing that I'd just ask the person to give to charity on your behalf and cover transport as a reasonably and easy solution.

I wouldn't feel bad about a gift/bottle etc if it's from a friend - see Pete's cat comment on that!!
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From:aiwendel
Date:June 7th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
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I feel morally obliged to add I do end up getting unaccounted for plants from work. Mostly because it's easier to buy one extra and definitely have enough for my client and not have to do another trip to the nursery for them (which would cost more in time and fuel than the plant that may or may not be spare); technically any spare plants go in a holding bed, where they can be dug up again and put in someone's garden, but they don't always get moved on, though in principle they could be in future, and they will (often) propagate rather than get 'used up'...
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