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St Patrick – from victim of trafficking to founder of the rescue industry

As it’s St Patrick’s Day on Monday I thought a few thoughts on trafficking, sex work, nuns and the rescue industry, might be in order. Interesting guy St Patrick. We don’t know a lot about him – where or when he was born, whether or how he banished snakes from Ireland – but he did write …

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The tangled tale of Angela Nangle (1)

Review of ‘Regina v Vagina’ by Angela Nangle Just occasionally Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs do something thoroughly unreasonable and counter-productive; and when they do there is usually a politician or a lawyer somewhere behind it. The villains of this piece are Gordon Brown and Lord Grabiner QC. You’ve probably never heard of Lord Grabiner. …

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Tax myths #2 – If I declare my escorting income won’t my employers find out?

Few of us want the details of our personal finances shared with our employers, and escorts have more reason than most for keeping them confidential. If you’re worried that telling the tax man about your escorting business will result in your employer finding out, well you’re not alone. Here’s a question I was asked last …

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Payments to drivers

Here’s a tricky question about the very practical issue of whether you can claim payments to your driver as a business expense, and if so what records should you keep. Hi there, I’m an escort working mainly for an agency. I’m declared self employed and trying to fill in my tax return for last year. …

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Tax myths #1 – telling HMRC about your expenses

Today we’re starting a new series of articles debunking some of the myths and misconceptions about tax that I’ve come across while lurking on message boards, talking to escorts or simply eavesdropping on drunken conversations in pubs. This first myth concerns how much detail you have to give HMRC each year about your expenses, and whether you have …

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The website Rhoda Grant MSP doesn’t want you to know about

Most accountants (other than Colonel “Mad Mike” Hoare, the mercenary and Chartered Accountant, who was eventually struck off after his conviction for leading an unsuccessful coup against the government of the Seychelles) are far more likely to be thought dull than dangerous. So it was a surprise to find that at least one member of the Scottish Parliament wants …

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Need help to get your Tax Return done?

  To anybody who finds themselves continually putting off doing their tax return, can I recommend you set aside just half an hour and waste invest it in watching the very first episode of Black Books in which foul-tempered bookshop owner Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) struggles to complete his tax return after his dodgy accountant goes on …

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