Philip Smith

Philip Smith

Philip Smith is contributing editor at Accountancy Daily and a freelance journalist specialising in accountancy and tax matters. He is a regular contributor to Accountancy, providing indepth analysis and research on FTSE audits and accounting practices. Before embarking on a freelance career he worked as a senior media relations manager for EY and KPMG.

Tax / Coronavirus: essential updates for accountants, tax advisers and auditors - Part 3

To assist accountants, tax advisers and auditors in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, all our related covid-19 coverage will be available here as soon as new announcements are made, plus expert analysis

Insight / Big Four Alumni Survey: Big Four influencers at FTSE 100

The power and influence of the Big Four accountancy firms is clear to see at the higher echelons of the FTSE 100. Philip Smith analyses the alumni currently holding top jobs across the UK’s largest companies

Tax / Coronavirus: essential updates for accountants, tax advisers and auditors - Part 2

To assist accountants, tax advisers and auditors in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, all our related covid-19 coverage will be available here as soon as new announcements are made, plus expert analysis

Audit / FTSE 100: audit fees hit record levels

As the impact of intense regulatory scrutiny and audit automation escalates, the UK’s top 100 listed companies saw an 8% hike in annual audit fees to hit £726m, amid an increasing lack of competition due to Big Four dominance, Philip Smith reports

Insight / Urgent calls to help millions of excluded self employed

Studies show one in five of those working for themselves remain out in the cold while chancellor continues to support those already able to access schemes, but more help could be made available, finds Philip Smith

Tax / Covid-19 spurs working from home tax relief claims

With up to £124 a year available as tax relief, it is perhaps not surprising that some 54,800 working from home tax relief claims were made through HMRC’s new online portal in the first 11 days of operation, writes Philip Smith

Tax / Furlough overclaim probe threat as deadline expires

With HMRC writing to thousands of businesses warning them of investigation risk if they have incorrectly or fraudulently claimed job support grants, now is the time to get records in order, writes Philip Smith

Audit / Audit firms report split progress

As Deloitte reveals plans to implement FRC audit firm split, Accountancy Daily reviews progress ahead of October deadline

Tax / Coronavirus: essential updates for accountants, tax advisers and auditors - Part 1

To assist accountants, tax advisers and auditors in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, all our related covid-19 coverage will be available here as soon as new announcements are made, plus expert analysis

Insight / PwC pushes financial results back to 2021

Big Four firm reveals it will not publish its full results, including profits and partner pay, until January next year, as it grapples with the impact of the pandemic on its business

Insight / BAME firm survey 2020: slow progress despite BLM push for change

In Accountancy Daily’s third survey of ethnic diversity within the UK’s top accountancy firms, data reveal partners and staff remain overwhelmingly white while Black Lives Matter movement forces concrete action

Insight / BAME 2020: Zaheer Ahmad, head of strategic delivery, EY

In the third part of Accountancy Daily’s BAME 2020 series, EY’s Zaheer Ahmad talks about his experience of diversity and inclusion at EY, the police service and the importance of challenging the status quo

Insight / Finablr avoids HMRC business suspension

HMRC drops proposed suspension of payment group’s subsidiaries after original issues addressed

Insight / Firms see important office role but no presenteeism

As PwC expects 50% office capacity by end of September and a more even split between office and home working, other Big Four firms are joining the return-to-office move

Audit / Lookers delays accounts as £19m probe widens

Listed car dealership admits no longer possible to release 2019 financial statements by end of August as scope of audit widens following Grant Thornton investigation into accounts blackhole
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