Mr Taxman

My one rule for this blog is: if my manager won’t like it, then don’t publish it. For that reason, I never talk about work, except to say that my job is fantastic and it’s the best place to work. If you don’t believe me, please check the official sources.

Now that my boss is placated. I can finally talk about the work I’ve been doing: absolutely none. I’ve been in college studying for (yet) more exams. The days are shorter, but very intense. Still, the weather was quite beautiful, which made for relaxing lunch breaks in the park.

I have three exams in September. These are not walk in the park exams (economics degree) but reinforced concrete exams (GCSE English Literature).

  • Financial Accounting – further use of the double entry dark arts in conjunction with the Accountant’s Bible (i.e. the International Financial Reporting Standards manual).
  • Audit and Assurance – it’s not about bean-counting, it’s about checking if the beans have been counted correctly within a margin of error of 5% or 475 beans (whichever is larger). Drop in these random words to ensure that you pass the exam:
    • Segregation of duties – you can’t count the beans and eat the beans
    • Going concern – not enough beans
    • Authorisation – who said you could count the beans?
    • Corroborate – checking for further evidence that the beans have been eaten. Involves a rubber glove.
  • Taxation  – when filling out your tax return, if it feels wrong then it’s probably immoral and definitely taxable.

Taxation is the hardest of the three. The syllabus is huge and there are a million little rules to learn. But it’s the subject that I find most interesting and useful. I can work if Mr Taxman is taking more of my money than he should. I can help friends avoid the wrath of Mr Taxman. I can also tell everyone that Mr Taxman is actually a fashionable, friendly and fun guy, who wants to help rather than hurt.


Not a photo of Mr Taxman, but an artist’s impression of how I will look in 12 month’s time.

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