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Am I sad, a geek, or just a purist?

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As have many of you, I've spent the majority of my time working from home over the past year (and not a day of furlough), and that includes moving to a different country (yes, Wales is a different country) and a change of job.

At my current post, we have the online Tolleys subscription, and so access to the legislation was there. However, last week the paper copies of the Yellow Books arrived at the office, and today they arrived at my home (I'm the only one that really digs into the legislation), and I'm so happy to have them here.

I can now pageflip and cross reference to my heart's content without flipping backwards and forwards through multiple browser tabs. As an added bonus, if I know the precise legislation I need, a book is so much faster than online.

But does that make me a tax legislation geek?

I expect TD will be along and may even agree with me. She does, at least, sound like someone after my own heart in this regard.

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By Les Howard
09th Mar 2021 18:45

I am the same with the Orange Book. I use it much more than the online version.
I am a vat geek!

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By SteveHa
09th Mar 2021 19:03

You really can't beat something that you can thumb through, can you.

I'm hoping for the Orange books at some point, too, but used far less frequently in my current job.

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By Tax Dragon
09th Mar 2021 19:07

SteveHa wrote:

I'm hoping for the Orange books at some point, too, but used far less frequently in my current job.

Great yoga bricks.

Try doing that with the online version.

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By SteveHa
09th Mar 2021 19:19

Not quite the response from you I was expecting :)

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By Tax Dragon
10th Mar 2021 06:59

Is that good or bad? (And feel free to write what I should have written.)

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By Rgab1947
12th Mar 2021 10:05

And putting post it notes at pages that you may need to refer to more often.

Tabbing my reference books was a regular job.

I am quicker with a book than with the scrolling up/down, clicking tabs etc.

Online is better if you know the approx area to read and can use key words.

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By Matrix
09th Mar 2021 19:13

We used to get red and green but the pile just got bigger and the only use was to post a geeky photo on Twitter.

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By JD
09th Mar 2021 22:09

+1 for yellow and orange

Far better than the other lot.......

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By DJKL
09th Mar 2021 22:59

When you are out of rolling paper but fearful of using a page from the bible, orange or yellow is the way to go.

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By David Winch
10th Mar 2021 07:55

I first met my wife when she borrowed the copy of the Companies Act 1948 which I kept under my bed in my student accommodation. . . .

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By stepurhan
10th Mar 2021 08:03

How did your future wife come to be looking under your bed in the first place? :-)

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By DJKL
10th Mar 2021 11:42

The other question is why a student keeps the CA under his/her bed, a psychiatrist could cover ten sessions on this topic alone.

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By stepurhan
10th Mar 2021 13:32

Doesn't everyone?

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By DJKL
10th Mar 2021 13:49

No, it would upset the monsters that still live there after all these years.

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By stepurhan
12th Mar 2021 12:16

What reading matter would you recommend for them? Or do you think their space should simply be left uncluttered.

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By DJKL
12th Mar 2021 22:46

Maybe something by Mary Shelley.

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By stepurhan
10th Mar 2021 08:02

You say geek like it is a bad thing. Embrace your geekness! Geeks are a valuable asset in all fields because they know how stuff works.

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
10th Mar 2021 09:25

I get the blue book from Indicator ... nightmare trying to return it back to them so I don’t have to pay for something that will just collect dust.

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By Duggimon
10th Mar 2021 10:48

You're all disgusting, I can't imagine using reference material without a clickable contents page and ctrl+f

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By Arthur Putey
10th Mar 2021 11:01

Surely the only reference material anyone needs is this forum?
[gets coat]

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
10th Mar 2021 13:18

Ive been rumbled Arthur

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By Helpful Harry
12th Mar 2021 14:19

After the conversation I've had with HMRC this morning....I just wish they'd use any form of reference to instructional material......The question I posed is irrelevant to this thread but their response was "I don't know and I am unable to find out".

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By Jack the Lad
12th Mar 2021 14:14

Hi SteveHa
I couldn't agree with you more! When I was in full time practise, they were my Bible, and fairly constantly referred to --as you say, much better than scrolling online in various places!

Now I am (almost) retired, I have a bookcase full of Simon's Tax Service, De Voil Indirect Tax, Tolley's Employment Law,Tottel's Tax Investigation Service, Simon's Tax Cases and Accountants' Legal Service, which I would like to pass on to someone (for a small fee...).

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