Why I Love . . . Taxation: Jonathan Mounsey, Senior Partner at PKF Accountants, Liverpool

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TAXATION infuriates rather than excites most people, and when I started out on my career path, it was something I was determined to keep away from.

I became an accountant despite my best efforts not to. There were four generations before me that had been, or were, accountants and I was very keen to do something different.

I left school at 18 to do a gap year, before they were popular, and worked as a missionary, building housing in New Guinea. I then returned to Liverpool and it was at this point I was persuaded to follow the family tradition. Apparently I was ``cut out for it'' and as time went on, I eventually succumbed. The rest is history, as they say.

The first firm I worked for was a Liverpool practice called Chalmers Impey. They eventually merged with PKF in 1990, but by this point I was already with PKF. I had also completed a seven-year exile in London, and it was during this time in the capital that I moved away from general practice and started specialising in taxation. …