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Chesterfield accountant scoops top national honours

Liz FisherChesterfield-based Accountant Liz Fisher has scooped top honours in a national taxation exam.

She beat 1,189 candidates to get the highest marks in the Advisory Paper on Taxation of Individuals, for which she won the coveted Ronald Ison Medal.

The exam was set by the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the principal body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with taxation.

Liz, who works at Mitchells Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Saltergate, as Tax and Employer Solutions Manager, was also only one of only three candidates to be awarded a distinction, gaining her the CCH Prize for the highest distinction mark awarded in the UK.

Nationally, 395 people sat the exam, with only two thirds (67%) passing.

As well as Liz, Mitchells celebrated a hat trick of results in the exams with colleagues Partner Tim Leeman and Tax Specialist Lisa Eyre also securing passes.

Tim Leeman was one of only 235 candidates to complete all their CTA examinations this year which means he is now a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser.

Successful completion of the exams has put Liz and Lisa one step closer to becoming a member of The Chartered Institute of Taxation and being able to call themselves Chartered Tax Advisers. The Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification is seen as the 'gold standard' for tax professionals.

Liz said: “”I was really happy to pass the exam but totally shocked to win the award.”

President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Chris Jones, said: "I would like to offer my congratulations to all 907 of the candidates who have made progress towards becoming a Chartered Tax Adviser as a result of passing one or more papers at the May 2015 examination. 235 candidates have now successfully completed all of the CTA examinations and we very much look forward to them becoming members of the Institute in the very near future."