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24 October 2017 Helen Thornley will be speaking on the Women’s Tax Resistance League – part of the suffrage movement in the early 1900s.
Helen Thornley is a Chartered Tax Adviser based in Cumbria. After graduating in Natural Sciences from Cambridge, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton before moving into tax. She has spent the last decade advising family businesses and landed estates in the Lake District. She has always enjoyed writing about tax and has recently had a series of articles published in Tax Adviser contrasting historical and modern taxes.
Outside of tax, Helen enjoys walking up hills and swimming in cold lakes. She is also a keen amateur potter and preserve maker, volunteering at the ‘World’s Original Marmalade Festival’ at Dalemain, Penrith. This uniquely British affair raises funds for charities Hospice at Home and Marie Curie Scotland.
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Outline: The Right to Resist - The Women’s Tax Resistance League 1909-1918
Founded in 1909, the Women’s Tax Resistance League was part of the suffrage movement, campaigning under the slogan ‘No Vote, No Tax.’ At a time when women were subject to tax on their incomes, homes and servants yet lacked a Parliamentary vote, members felt keenly the injustice of taxation without representation.
League supporters refused to pay income taxes, property duties and licences for dogs, guns and carriages. Goods were frequently seized for auctions and resisters - or in one case the resister’s husband - sent to jail. Thanks to its own in-house tax adviser Ethel Ayres Purdie, the first women to be admitted to an accountancy organisation, the League was able to represent its members in tax cases. The League also instigated test cases, challenging in particular how married women were taxed where their income was deemed to be that of their husbands’.
Based on research from the League’s archives Helen’s talk will look at the activities of the League, including the taxes they resisted and the cases they took, until partial enfranchisement was achieved for women in 1918.
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February 2016 Professor Sir John H Baker: "The Curious Case of Mr Trull"
October 2015 Professor Chantal Stebbings: "Tax and Quacks: the Medicine Stamp Duty 1783 - 1941"
February 2015 Professor Martin Daunton: "Creating a new fiscal constitution in post-war Japan"
October 2014 Peter Fawcett: "Taxation in Classical Athens"
February 2014 Professor Julian Hoppit, FBA: "Scotland and the British Fiscal State, 1707 - 1800"
October 2013 Dr John Avery Jones CBE: "Seven Appeals and an Acquittal: the Singer Family and Their Tax Cases"
March 2013 John Pearce: "Rewriting Income Tax Law 1907-56"
October 2012 David Williams: "Surveying Taxes in the Great War 1914-1918"
February 2012 Prof. Jane Frecknall Hughes: "The History of the Tax Profession"
October 2011 John Pearce: "The Road to PAYE"
February 2011 Prof. Chantal Stebbings: "Victorian Asylums: the Tax Factor”
September 2010 John Brown CBE: “Paul de Voil’s VAT decisions”
September 2010 Prof.David Southern: “Inflation,Taxation & Revaluation:Germany 1920-1930”
February 2010 Prof. Jane Frecknall Hughes: “Magna Carta Revisited”
September 2009 Dr John Avery Jones CBE: “Finding historical tax material in the ‘PRO’”
September 2009 Richard Thomas: “Sir Sidney and Sir John: the Rowlatts and Tax"
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