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This week's opinion: 17 June 2021

15 June 2021 / Andrew Hubbard
Issue: 4796 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
Impressive breadth of readers’ knowledge

Readers’ Forum never ceases to amaze me. I don’t know what is more extraordinary: the range of problems which clients throw at their tax advisers or the ability of our readers to answer the most obscure questions with absolute authority. 

In the days before I joined the magazine, the forum was always the first thing I turned to. Not only was it consistently interesting, but I always hoped that somebody would provide a solution to the problem I was grappling with that morning: occasionally I got lucky. I felt very proud the first time I was approached to contribute an answer, though I now realise that the then editor was at the stage where his usual correspondents had, for once, failed him and he was reaching out to people in the hope that one of them would take the bait.

As editor I always enjoy seeing the questions and, even more importantly, the answers that follow. Many of our contributors respond week after week and I would like to take the opportunity here to thank them on your behalf for all they do for us. Certainly in my time here we have never had to say ‘sorry, nobody can answer that!’. 

Traditionally the summer months see fewer new queries come into the magazine than during the rest of the year. So before you go on your long-delayed and long-deserved holiday – or more likely sit in the garden for a week with your feet up – do think of any questions that you can send to us. Think of the profit you will make on the job if you get your technical research done for you at no charge by our expert correspondents. 


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Issue: 4796 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
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