Accounting / Top 10 tips for filing year-end accounts – part 2

The filing deadline for private companies with a December year end and public companies with a March year end is 30 September. Michelle Roberts ACA, senior technical writer, audit & accounting, at Croner-I provides essential advice on how to file FRS 102 year-end accounts to avoid unwanted penalties

Tax / UK high earners stung for more tax than European counterparts

The UK has lost the top spot as one of Europe’s low-tax jurisdictions, with top earners now paying 3% more tax than the European average

Tax / One in 10 employees do not receive a payslip

Around one in 20 workers report not receiving any holiday entitlement, and almost 10% do not receive a payslip, according to the Resolution Foundation

Insight / Top 20 firm rebrands as Moore Kingston Smith

As part of the global rebranding of accounting network Moore Stephens, Kingston Smith is to rebrand as Moore Kingston Smith, adopting the network name for the first time

Tax / HMRC corrects error in tour operator VAT advice

HMRC has admitted to an error in its information about applying the tour operators margin scheme (TOMS), and has now published a correction and details of how businesses who have paid too much VAT from 1 March 2019 can correct the overpayment

Tax / HMRC does not understand small business tax concerns

Small business taxpayers feel that HMRC does not understand their needs and are worried that any mistakes will be perceived as intentional and result in penalties

13 Sep 2019

Accounting / AI automation: your new favourite co-worker

If partial automation has not yet arrived in the accounts payable department of your organisation, it will not be long before it does, says Magali Michel, director at Yooz

Tax / Self assessment records used to recover £818m in unpaid council tax

HMRC has released details of data sharing arrangements with local authorities where it is trialling self assessment and tax data exchange to clamp down on council tax debt

Accounting / Overhaul of charity SORP committee sees change of membership

There is to be a major overhaul of the way the charity accounting rules under the Charity SORP framework are developed with a new, smaller SORP committee, following a highly critical government review

Tax / Google hit with €1bn French tax payment

The French government is claiming a ‘historic’ victory in a long running tax battle with Google, after reaching a €945m (£845m) settlement with the tech giant over tax fraud allegations

Tax / Pub chain plans VAT-cut day of action

Beer drinkers have something to celebrate this weekend when national chain Wetherspoons is cutting the price of a pint in the build up to its proposed UK-wide National Tax Equality Day

Insight / People in the news: Shaw Gibbs, Kreston, Grant Thornton, Crowe, ICAS

In this week’s accountancy career moves, hires and promotions at Shaw Gibbs, Kreston, Dellitte and Grant Thornton, and partner appointments at MHA MacIntyre Hudson and Crowe, and top young accountant named at ICAS awards

Insight / Legal and tech push changes face of accountancy training

There are changes afoot in the accountancy training world, as ICAEW is revising its ACA qualification to focus more on emerging technology, and Deloitte becomes the first Big Four firm to offer graduate training contract programmes for solicitors

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12 Sep 2019

Accounting / Top 10 tips for preparing year-end accounts – part 1

For private companies with a December year end and public companies with a March year end, the accounts filing deadline is fast approaching. Kate Beeston ACA, technical writer, audit & accounting, Croner-i, provides an essential guide to preparing FRS 102 accounts

Tax / Art treasures worth £58m used to settle tax

A 17th-century manor house and a Damien Hearst bronze sculpture were among cultural items accepted by the nation in exchange for tax breaks last year, with the total of £58.6m in tax settlements the highest ever

Audit / Sports Direct still looking for auditor

Following the Sports Direct AGM, there is no progress on the appointment of a new auditor after Grant Thornton resigned as the incumbent last month

Audit / Limits of audit - public perceptions and legal realities

Oliver Passmore, partner and Alex Horsbrugh-Porter, counsel at Ogier consider the far-reaching implications for the future of the audit industry and director duties in light of recent audit failures and legal rulings on the role of auditors

Tax / Flexible NHS pension scheme consultation opens

The government has launched its promised consultation on proposals to give senior NHS doctors and nurses access to more flexible pensions, in a bid to stem the numbers of clinicians reducing their working hours or resigning because of increases in their tax bills

Tax / ‘Phantom’ FDI tops $15 trillion

Almost 40% of global foreign direct investment (FDI), totalling some $15trn, is so-called ‘phantom’ capital intended to minimise a company’s tax liabilities rather than finance productive activity, according to research by the IMF and the University of Copenhagen

Tax / 120,000 businesses miss first MTD for VAT deadline

Some 120,000 businesses have missed the first deadline for filing under the Making Tax Digital regime, and HMRC has sent out ‘TV licence’-style reminders urging them to do so before next month, but will not be taking enforcement action at present

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11 Sep 2019

Tax / Ex NAO chief to lead independent review of loan charge

The former head of the National Audit Office (NAO), Sir Amyas Morse, will head up the independent review into the controversial loan charge, which has seen HMRC pitted against taxpayers who used disguised remuneration schemes over the last decade, and is set to report by mid November

Insight / EY employee conspires in £76k staff fraud

An Ernst & Young executive assistant and her husband have been given prison sentences for a £76,000  fraud carried out by the couple over four years, using credit card and personal details stolen from a large number of EY employees

Accounting / Charity Commission updates rules on trustee transparency

As the annual return deadline approaches, the Charity Commission is warning charities to ensure that they are up to speed with the latest transparency rules on trustees before filing accounts

Audit / Cybersecurity tops list of business risks

Cybersecurity worries continue to top the list of risks currently facing businesses in nine European countries, but climate change is fast becoming a major concern, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (Chartered IIA)

Tax / Finance Bill 2019–20: draft legislation at a glance

With all consultations relating to Finance Bill 2019-20 now closed for comment, Sarah Arnold, tax writer at Croner-i, gives a rundown of the key tax changes proposed and how they will affect UK businesses and individual taxpayers when enacted after the Budget this autumn 

Insight / MHA MacIntyre Hudson picks up pieces at property developer

Joint administrators have been appointed to handle the collapsed Inspired Asset Management Ltd and Inspired Developments (London) Plc, two property companies which failed following the jailing of their chief executive for driving and drug offences

Tax / CGT overhaul ‘to raise £90bn’

Bringing taxation on assets in line with the regime for income tax could raise £90bn over five years, according to a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) which is calling for the removal of the capital gains tax (CGT) regime

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