Once upon a time, around August, I would get fidgety about how I was going to massage some loosely described work/social expenditure to provide tax relief.
This year I go to the ATO with a clear conscience.
I didn’t hit the threshold to pay tax.
Most of my social activities were provided gratis by the Bar Association’s free continuing professional development program.
And bless their cotton socks – alcohol is often provided.
A highlight from this year’s CPD was a seminar about the ins and outs of professional indemnity insurance.
So much verbiage and so little help.
All I wanted to know was which one is going to be the cheapest insurance for a junior; with the biggest excess on the basis that risk is associated with actually doing paid work.
But it got even weirder because no one will actually reveal the insurance premiums until you apply for the insurance.
A combination of confusion, dithering and waiting for insurers to reply caused a last minute scramble to get insured – by anyone at any cost.
And cost it did. Small satisfaction was gained knowing it is tax-deductible – if I reach the tax threshold by next year.
A strange phenomenon has emerged socially.
Friends I have known for years make subtle comments about my income. Closest friends who once may have greeted me with “How are you”, now say, “Has anyone paid you yet”.
Those less close refer to me “raking it in”.
However, the effect I least predicted about going to the bar was that it is all-consuming.
I now have a theory, which I might write-up and send to the Lancet.
The bar sets off osmosis that silently works away causing every pore in the body to become an entry point for bar particles.
Earlier I attributed it to a monthly rise in oestrogen levels, which would readjust. The gluteus is particularly at risk.
Recognising this, I invested in a very comfy and supportive chair so that I wouldn’t have to stand-up so often to relieve the crick in my back.
As I sat back in my new-fangled chair this week I opened an over-stuffed enveloped from Tyre-Kicker.
Then I took some exercise and went and made a cup of tea.