Poll: I support the idea of an IfA Chartered Status
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IfA - A Chartered Institute
Jack Wrote:.

Of course it won't be an issue if that fee is tax-deductable

Pretty certain membership of professional organisations is tax deductible and I bet if you had a good accountant so would membership fees for your local golf club if you could prove that was where you picked up most of your clientsWink
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IfA membership fees are tax deductable. I gave Chiz an updated guide to claiming back your fees just before I left in May, so DF have a guide. It might be somewhere on the website too. IfA are listed under F for 'field' rather than I for 'Institute' which has caused people problems in the past.
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Jack Wrote:But we don't live in a democracy. Our taxes are (meant to be) for the services we receive not for the right to be in the country, though thats a fine line...... Of course it won't be an issue if that fee is tax-deductable


Of course the IfA subscription is tax deductible. Always has been.....On that basis are you now converted to the principle of Chartered status?
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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Even if it's tax deductable you've still got to pay, just slightly less?
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kevin wooldridge Wrote:Of course the IfA subscription is tax deductible. Always has been.....On that basis are you now converted to the principle of Chartered status?

Closer but not yet there.

My next questions would be what are the constraints/ advantages of being a chartered archaeologist in the IfA's scheme.
How much would it cost and what would an individual have to do (exams, proof etc) to be granted chartered status.
Would non-chartered archaeologist still be able to work
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and now the ifa have voted to end pay minima - i think the poll will change
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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P Prentice Wrote:and now the ifa have voted to end pay minima - i think the poll will change

Is that true? There doesn't seem to have been an official announcement....
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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Like Kevin, I am very interested as to whether this is true and can be substantiated. Back in early 2009, I heard through the grapevine (and I stress this remains unsubstantiated hearsay, although I heard it claimed by and on the authority of people who I wd expect to be in the know, but we all know how Chinese whispers work in archaeology) that, due to increased competition from freelance outfits in the southeast of England, the IfA had been lobbied by a very few large RAOs to abolish or decrease their pay minima for site staff, largely at Site Assistant level. It was said that "the IfA" had dimissed this out of hand (you'll note how a certain murkiness is seeping into this tale!) I failed to discover whether this rejection was on ethical grounds or because the approach was deemed unconstitutional (we all have a habit of putting our own spin on things.) Over to you, P Prentice...
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kevin wooldridge Wrote:Is that true? There doesn't seem to have been an official announcement....

the ifa salaries working party prepared a preliminary report and ifa council voted to suspend setting minima from next year but will continue to recommend starting salaries based on a range of factors which include the state of the market. there will be a meeting tomorrow, so lobby now, with a working party recommendation to council in november.
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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'(e) the institution is normally expected to be of substantial size (5,000 members or more).'

Have a look at The Society for Radiological Protection with 2,185 members (1,533 in UK):
http://www.srp-uk.org/about-us/royal-charter
http://www.srp-uk.org/membership/membership-analysis

I became a member of this society in the 1970s.
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