in a recent email conversation, i had occasion to specify one of the difficulties i have with my day job. as you will no doubt be aware, i'm a chartered accountant, and i mostly deal with tax.
if i do my job well, my clients will pay minimal tax. rest assured that everything i do is well within the law, but most of the rules i apply are only useful for those who are self-employed (or have a mixture of PAYE & self-employed income) and earn a reasonable income.
the problem is that when i do my job well, these people pay less. which means that someone else has to pay more. or, it means that there is less to spend on public services. when i do my job well, it actually goes against my personal priniciple of everyone paying their fair share. i'm pretty sure it's not good for the country either.
so how do i live with this inherent conflict between my job and my beliefs? well mostly, i just don't think about it. but i wonder if it's possible to be a good progressive and a good accountant?
in case you haven't caught up with my posts at the hand mirror, i wrote last week about how proposing in public isn't a good idea, why i won't be watching the movie eclipse, and what i felt about someone telling me they were a 6th generation nz'er.