Member Since: 21st Nov 2001
Tax Consultant Raven Taxation Ltd
6th Dec 2019
It isn't that simple. My understanding is that the growth in income only offsets the fall in tax revenue if you are cutting from high rates - around 70%/75% has been suggested as the apex of the Laffer Curve if I recall correctly. Not that income growth for the Treasury necessarily helps those who need help anyway.
6th Dec 2019
As a small business similar to those in this article, I would not be happy to have to pay more tax if it isn't going to change anything for the poor, the elderly, the homeless, the physically or mentally ill or the environment and it just going to be used to keep tax rates for high earners low, reduce IHT for the wealthy and make the rich richer. But I'd happily pay more tax if it is going to be spent on improving the situation of the poor, elderly and unwell and counteracting climate change. Not everyone is only interested in how much money they can get. It's a shame to focus only on that aspect in this article rather than the bigger picture.
3rd May 2019
Sorry, Glenn, but I don't understand the relevance of conscription or men fighting to this particular discussion. I suspect we are all agreed that conscription wasn't fair - i.e. not gender equality - but then it was imposed by men on men in respect of wars declared by men. Maybe women in charge would have made a different decision but as they weren't permitted to be in positions of power, we shall never know. I think perhaps you have got confused about what topic is under discussion here.
I don't know enough about Accountex to comment on its diversity specifically but I'd hazard a guess that, if there was any bias towards middle-aged white men, it is because, like the armed forces, accountancy was a johnny-come-lately to the arena of gender and race equality and, hopefully, the passage of time will see more female and minority representation as both rise through the ranks. I've been in the tax business for nearly 40 years so I am speaking from experience.
3rd May 2019
Clearly it wasn't fair and equal - but I think you will find that it wasn't women who made the decision that only men could fight. Indeed, women in the armed forces have battled to get the right to fight. Had the armed forces become an equal opportunities employer rather earlier than 2016, the male/female make up of fighters if war happened tomorrow might have been rather different! I'm not saying you don't have some good arguments to support your stance but I'm afraid this isn't one of them.
5th Jan 2018
Me too! But I find the first two weeks of February are usually really busy as my clients pick up the non-tax return work that they haven't had time to do because they've been concentrating on tax returns and which have now sat around so long they've become urgent. I'm guessing it's the same for you.
6th May 2016
So - I'm a Luddite now because I tend to read AccountingWeb from my desk while sitting in front of my PC working rather than on my iPhone or iPad. Hmmm.
20th Dec 2013
Congratulations to all the well-deserved winners. For those who fly solo like me (in more ways than one!), having my AWeb virtual colleagues helps me not to get lonely. And keeps me both entertained and informed!
Although I have recently acquired two new kittens (which makes 4 cats in total - officially a mad cat lady now) to provide company - which makes 5 of us at the Raven Taxation office Christmas party this year!
Happy Christmas everyone!
21st Dec 2012
Well done, everyone. As someone who is stuck in my tiny office on my own for 90% of the time, it's great to have my AWeb colleagues to keep me company!
14th Sep 2009
It's that incomprehensible guff that keeps me in a job - don't knock it!!
7th Sep 2009
Many years ago, I sent a joke about management skills (something to do with monkeys, if I remember rightly) to a few colleagues - unfortunately one of those colleagues had the same first name as the managing partner and the automatic system picked up his email address instead and I didn't notice (but I learnt to check after that!).
I'd only been in the job a few weeks and never met the managing partner (who was based in another office). Fortunately he was a nice man with a good sense of humour. He phoned me up to thank me for the joke, which he thought was very funny!
But it's funnier when it happens to someone else, of course. In a large firm I once worked for, a trainee accountant managed to send an email with a large attachment full of jokes to everyone in the firm instead of just a few friends - and screwed up the email system for a while!