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Looking back

03 July 2008 / John Newth
JOHN NEWTH provides career advice from his 53 years in tax

One of the clients at the firm where I completed my accountancy training was a well-known local solicitor. He was a large man inhabited a large office and his large boxer dog lay at his feet.

Looking back I am not sure now whether I was more afraid of the solicitor or his dog. The client owned a number of property investment companies used property trading companies for his property dealings (which was advantageous in those days) and also had investment income.

No one in our office including the tax manager was prepared to deal with the solicitor's tax affairs so at the age of 18 I was landed with the job.

The die was cast and the biggest mistake I made in my career was to return to general practice for a number of years. I hate auditing and preparing accounts...

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