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The weighting game*

Feb 1, 2008, 04:23 AM
Authors : Daniel
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Post date : Feb 1, 2008, 04:23 AM
I've always understood that taxation was a weighty subject.
But I never realised it was so heavy.
(I mean that in the literal sense, rather than the abstract, long-hair-and-tie-dye sense.)
Taxation weights a tonne! Well, several kilos, at least.
My tricky lower back's aching at the very thought of what I'm about to type.
You see, I'm soon to begin my studies for ATT qualifications.
(As I've mentioned before, my background is in journalism. I'm no tax expert, me.)
When attending my first classes, I'm expected to have with me the following:

  • Calculator
  • Paper and pens (including highlighters)
  • Personal Income Tax study pack
  • Tolley Yellow Tax Handbook Volumes 1a, 1b and 2, 2007-08 edition

All easy to get hold of - but not so easy to lug from my home in south London to the classroom in Clerkenwell.
The study pack alone weighs in at a touch over 2kg, and the handbooks total almost 5kg.
Imagine standing up for 30-plus-minutes while carrying a five-month-old child during a ride on a packed Northern line Tube train during rush hour.
That's what I've got to look forward to - plus a fair bit of walking.
Ooh, me back!

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* With apologies to Allison.
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