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Mark Lee
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Speaker, mentor, facilitator and writer: How to STAND OUT and be (even more) successful. Providing insights and advice for and about accountants and tax experts. Debunker of social media hype. Also into Networking, Magic and Chocolate http://www.BookMarkLee.co.uk
Speaker, mentor, facilitator and writer: How to STAND OUT and be (even more) successful. Providing insights and advice for and about accountants and tax experts. Debunker of social media hype. Also into Networking, Magic and Chocolate http://www.BookMarkLee.co.uk

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Married at First Sight: Accountants stuck in a bad marriage
What follows is an entertaining analysis of the merger of two accounting bodies as if they had met and married in 2014 in a lavish ceremony agreed by their respective members. Together, the lovers formed CAANZ, an alluring acronym which stands for Chartered...
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Do accountants laugh?
"Do accountants laugh?" was a question posed online by top Comedy Magician, John Archer ahead of a gig for accountants. Among the replies he received were: It depends on their clients Only where they lose their balance When it's at someones else's expense Y...
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A new supplementary page for SA tax returns: Application for Mercy
Original is on the clever and fun official looking (but fake) website promoting a book published by Ian Vince: The Department of Social Scrutiny
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How many accountants are witch doctors doing magic?
In a 1964 speech British law lord, Lord Justice Harman, told an audience: ‘Accountants are the witch doctors of the modern world and willing to turn their hands to any kind of magic.’ I note that this quote has appeared on dozens of firms of accountants' we...
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What do taxi drivers know about tax?
Many years ago I travelled by train to Penrith in Cumbria, to present a talk to the local CIOT branch. In the cab I then took to reach the venue the driver asked me what I was doing in Penrith and I explained: “I’m here to give a lecture to a group of tax a...
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Yes Prime Minister - How the Treasury work out how much tax to raise
In January 1986 the political comedy " Yes Prime Minister" featured an episode "The Smokescreen" in which The Prime Minister, Jim Hacker, favours abolishing smoking through heavy taxation but he runs into strong opposition from the tobacco lobby and the Tre...
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Don't Cha Wish Your Accountant Was Cool Like This
Well done Accountant  Annette Ferguson .  Great video revealing those thins Accountants NEVER say - and with good reason!
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Are HMRC scared of witches putting spells on them?
Some years back the Romanian government passed a law to tax the income of witches, fortune tellers, and astrologers. Associated Press  had previously reported that Romanian senators rejected a proposal to tax witches and fortune tellers. The suggestion was ...
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Abracadabra - economics and tax
"Abracadabra, thus we learn the more you create, the less you earn.  The less you earn, the more you're given, the less you lead, the more you're driven, the more destroyed, the more they feed, the more you pay, the more they need, the more you earn, the le...
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A Valentine message for an Accountant
Debits are left Credits are right When I looked at you Love at first sight. Roses are Red Violets are Blue Balanced Ledgers Have me thinking of you Unbalanced Accounts  Are near misses Perfect though Are your hugs and kisses Fraud makes me sad You make me g...
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