Here are some surprising, strange and unusual facts about accountancy…
Franciscan friar Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli is known has the father of accounting, although double entry had been around for centuries, he was the first to write a book on it (27 pages).
It was FBI accountants that brought down Al Capone in 1931, FBI now employees 1,400 Accountants as Special Agents
Mick Jagger and Janet Jackson trained as accountants before becoming singers
60% of taxpayer hire an accountant to help them do their tax returns
Bookkeeper and Bookkeeping are the only word in the English Language to have 3 consecutive double letters
Monty Python frequently poked fun at the accounting profession. One possible reason for their targeting of the accounting profession is that John Cleese’s father wanted him to become an accountant. He was to work for Grace, Derbyshire and Todd Chartered Accountants on Whiteladies Rd, Bristol. (strange accounting facts)
J. P. Morgan got his first Wall Street job as a junior accountant. Five years later he founded his own company.
Erin Brady who won Miss USA 2013 is an accountant.
St Matthew the Evangelist, author of the first of the Gospels, is the patron saint of accountants. He is also the patron saint of tax collectors, bookkeepers, stock brokers and bankers.
Compter was the original word of accounting. It was a derived from a French language.
There are only a few days left to file Self Assessments for the tax year that ended on 5th April 2011 and we are rapidly approaching the end of another tax year, so have you paid too much tax? the chances are many people haven’t paid the right tax because their tax code was wrong.
Why not start by checking your tax with the HMRC Tax Checker