Pat Sweet

Pat Sweet

Pat Sweet is online reporter at Accountancy Daily and contributor to the monthly Accountancy magazine, published by Croner-i, covering news stories as they happen each day. With a background in specialist business publications, Pat covers tax, audit and accounting, as well as management consultancy and IT, and is now focused primarily on developments in the accounting and finance markets. Contact Pat Sweet

Insight / Danish bank chief quits over €200bn money laundering

The chief executive of Denmark’s biggest bank has resigned after an internal investigation revealed most of some €200bn (£178bn) of payments moved through its Estonian branch was down to money laundering of cash from Russia, the UK and the British Virgin Islands

Audit / Call for internal audit and finance team collaboration

The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) have collaborated on a research study which aims to encourage closer working between the internal audit function and finance function in order to ensure effective governance

Insight / 'Motherhood penalty’ creates financial services gender gap

Motherhood is a key driver behind the lack of women in top roles in financial services, according to research commissioned by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), which says more evidence of ‘what works’ is needed to tackle the disparity

Insight / Treasury investigates barriers for women in business

The Treasury has launched a review into barriers for women in business after research found that they are half as likely as men to be involved in starting a business, and only a third of entrepreneurs are female

Insight / Millennial employees prepared to delegate to robots

Research involving 1,200 finance employees in the UK found millennials plan to use robots to avoid human interaction at work, while older workers only intend to use them to tackle tasks such as online filing

Tax / HMRC promotes online work-related expenses claims

HMRC is urging millions of employees such as nurses, hairdressers and construction workers to go online and directly check if they can claim extra cash back for work-related expenses, amid concerns they could be missing out on their full tax relief entitlement by using agencies instead

Insight / VAT fraud haulier delivered to jail

A husband and wife team from County Tyrone who ran a haulage company have been given jail sentences for a £194,000 VAT fraud following an HMRC investigation

Audit / KPMG and former ESML finance director face FRC questions

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is conducting a disciplinary hearing involving Douglas Morgan, a former finance director of Equity Syndicate Management Ltd (ESML), KPMG and a partner and former partner at KPMG, in relation to a long running investigation into financial reporting at a Lloyds syndicate

Tax / McDonald's Luxembourg deal did not break tax rules

A lengthy investigation by the European Commission has concluded that Luxembourg did not offer illegal state aid to McDonald’s with favourable tax treatments, and the reason for the double non-taxation was down to a mismatch between Luxemburg and US tax rules

Insight / Expert panel to investigate digital economy competition

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has hosted the inaugural meeting of a new independent expert panel looking at competition in the digital economy which will be examining the potential legal and regulatory impact

Insight / Equifax hit with maximum UK data breach fine

Credit ratings agency Equifax has been fined £500,000, the maximum possible at the time, by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to protect the personal and financial information of up to 15m UK citizens during a cyber-attack in 2017

Tax / Starbucks under fire over 2.8% UK tax rate

Starbucks has come under further fire over its tax policies after analysis showed the US chain’s European business paid just $5.9m (£4.47m) of tax in the UK on profits of $213m (£161m) last year

Insight / Deloitte’s global revenues hit $43.2bn

Deloitte has reported an 11.3% rise in global revenues, which hit $43.2bn (£323.7bn) for the fiscal year ended 31 May 2018, making the firm the current leader of the Big Four worldwide

Audit / FTSE 350 reporting improves ahead of new governance code

Next year’s introduction of a new corporate governance code is already having an impact on reporting in the FTSE 350 ahead of the January 2019 deadline, according to analysis by EY which found indications that companies are already starting to provide information in new areas like company culture

Insight / SKS in acquisition bid to create national network

Surrey-based SKS Business Services has begun spending a £10m ‘war chest’ with the aim of creating a national network and has acquired four accountancy practices in recent weeks, with more in the pipeline for the autumn
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