Accountancy Age, Accountancy Age, Thursday 23 September 2010 at 14:14:00

Exclusive Accountancy Age poll finds 77% think tax advice should be afforded the same confidentiality rights as legal advice


Over three quarters of Accountancy Age readers believe that accountants should be afforded the same legal professional privilege as lawyers, our exclusive poll reveals.

Over 1,800 people voted over the issue of legal privilege for accountants, which is currently going through the courts as Prudential argues that the tax advice it received should be given the same confidentiality rights as legal advice.

Of those who voted, 77% believe that Prudential?s argument is solid and clients of accountants should have the same privilege rights as those of lawyers.

A decision on the appeal is due shortly.