The box was beautiful; glossy red with elegant grosgrain ribbon. It sat in the middle of the desk in glorious solitude, protected by an aura of importance...and
the whole office was agog, just “dying” to know what was in it.
Standing at the lift on a way to a networking function, I notice the laptop bag the lady next to me is carrying. It’s the perfect size with plenty of room,
in delicious red, streamlined but stylish. I briefly contemplate a bag snatch ...all in jest, half in truth, control my Pavlovianimpulse to salivate
and compliment her on it. “Thank you” she says. “I get comments on it all the time; it was a gift from my financial planner, company XYZ...can’t believe
they had such good taste!”
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” ...so said Benjamin Franklin. Although since the scandal of the Panama papers
it’s become apparent that, for some, taxes may not be as much of a certainty as Benjamin believed. However while tax evasion cannot be condoned, effective
tax minimisation should be a sharp chisel in the financial tool kit of every good business.
“Oh” I gasp –“Thank you SO much! I am speechless” (true), as I arrange my features in an expression of unbridled delight, privately wondering how they
could have got it so wrong. It is so not me. We have all been here – recipients of the “present faux pas”, forced to lace gushing and undeserved adjectives
into our expressions of thanks.
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