Friday, October 05, 2007

Michael Henshaw 1930-2007

Michael Henshaw, accountant to many writers, actors and directors, has died at the age of 76. There's an obituary by Barry Miles in The Guardian.
Michael waged a one-man crusade against what he saw as the unfair treatment of artists and writers by tax inspectors. He insisted that the arts made a substantial contribution to the economy and, as far he was concerned, for a poet to go on a walking tour of the Lake District was just as valid a business expense as a visit to a factory by a businessman - a concept the Inland Revenue had trouble understanding. But many artists and writers were delighted to discover someone who appreciated what they were doing and was prepared to take on their financial problems, and his reputation quickly spread.

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