I’m the lowest in the land[QQ] I write as a follow up to David Patterson’s letter (Am I in the wrong job?, page 19, 21 September) and the earlier article regarding frustrated accountants to suggest your next salary survey seeks the lowest paid qualified accountant in the country.

I am currently in industry in the North of England, aged over 30, qualified as an ACCA last year and am very disappointed with recruitment agencies who promise the earth and deliver nothing. And my current employer pays me under #16,000 p.a. including benefits (full time).

Yet there was a report of a part-qualified on #45,000, I myself must be the lowest in the land. Even nurses get more than me – so I must conclude I am in the wrong job!

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Tell Brown how to do it

I refer to the letter Petrol tax is justified (page 19, 21 September).

Clare Deacon must be a raving green to give such support to petrol tax.

Be green by all means but recognise the single market anomalies and the tax on tax in the costings of truckers, farmers and others. French truckers would not be using our roads to the same degree if they could not use cheap fuel to undercut our prices.

Come on accountants, we can be green and single market orientated at the same time! Let’s tell the chancellor how to do it.

Eric Hair, Lincoln

Thirty years of caution

The article on Colin Orman (Taking Stock, 21 September)

described in The Sun as using the same pencil, rubber and pencil sharpener for thirty years is easy to explain.

It is probably a propelling pencil, hence could last 30 years. He is obviously very accurate (hence the same rubber: very few mistakes). Also, being an accountant, very cautious, with the pencil sharpener just in case a real pencil is needed.

So, as you see, nothing unusual at all.

Jonathan Morris, by e-mail

Capital Bill: a mammoth task

I agree with Richard Baron (Tax analysis, page 15, 21 September) that the new draft Capital Allowances Bill is a credit to the tax rewrite team.

Sadly their work is not helped by the mammoth size of this year’s Finance Act, nor by its use of unreconstructed Treasury draftspersons on many of its parts.

In a recent meeting of the Tax Law rewrite Steering Committee (chaired by Lord Howe) it was noted that the Finance Bill 2000 had added more pages than the Capital Allowances Bill rewrote!

The Tax Law rewrite teams, for the time being undaunted, are now working on income tax, starting with employment income, the results of which they expect to be ready for introduction to Parliament in late 2002.

Nevertheless, unless our legislators respond to pleas from the professional bodies and elsewhere for a fundamental rethink on the whole approach to tax legislation, the rewrite team will faced with the same problem as Hercules in the Augean Stables.

R.D. Rangley, FCA

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