Central Government

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Londoners face annual £1bn mansion tax bill

Three boroughs to make up more than two thirds of overall yield

11 Apr 2014

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PAC queries HMRC's management of reliefs and allowances

HMRC's tax expenditures come to £101bn per year, the Public Accounts Committee hears

08 Apr 2014

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UK public wants parliamentary Budgets balanced

Most UK adults want government to balance budgets over five years or less

17 Mar 2014

More austerity as Treasury faces £20bn black hole

Office for Budget Responsibility economic models find £20bn shortfall

07 Mar 2014

Government at odds with PAC over tax gap

Government dismisses various Public Accounts Committee recommendations over tax gap and HMRC operations

04 Mar 2014

Flood victims offered tax reliefs by authorities

Range of tax reliefs announced for victims of UK floods

13 Feb 2014

IFS: UK tax system ‘punishes success’

IFS warns the government must find more sources of tax or risk economic instability

06 Feb 2014

Lib Dems dismayed by proposed cut in 45% tax rate

Danny Alexander rules out further cuts to top income tax rate

05 Feb 2014

Treasury must watch over Royal Household finances

The Queen's household has dipped into its reserves, leaving it with a historically low fund, warns the Public Accounts Committee

28 Jan 2014

Labour's tax plan labelled as 'economic vandalism'

Labour's proposed restoration of the 50p top rate of tax has drawn widespread criticism from business

27 Jan 2014

Staff morale results show HMRC ship is steadying

Under difficult circumstances, HM Revenue & Customs staff have posted improved engagement results in latest survey

21 Jan 2014

Cameron offers councils fracking tax boost

Councils will be permitted to keep all the business rates revenue gleaned from shale gas companies

13 Jan 2014

Accountancy insolvencies expose flaw in government audit policy

A 41% spike in the number of firms going bust can be attributed in part to increased audit thresholds

23 Dec 2013

An 'audit bonus' for business, but dire news for small firms

An increase in the audit threshold could be dire for the smaller end of the accounting profession

17 Dec 2013

Steer clear of personal service companies, say readers

The public sector should not engage staff through personal service companies, say Accountancy Age readers

13 Dec 2013

PAC: Fraud and error tax losses ‘worryingly high’

Public Accounts Committee calls for better quality Whole Government Accounts

12 Dec 2013

Leader: RTI's burden hangs over SMEs and advisers

Cutting red tape and introducing RTI are policies that just don't fit together, says Kevin Reed

10 Dec 2013

Osborne should warm to Autumn Statement 'themes'

Accountancy Age looks ahead to the Autumn Statement on 5 December

28 Nov 2013

Government information exchange agreements will have little effect, say readers

Accountancy Age's readers have little faith in the effectiveness of the government's tax information deals with overseas territories

25 Nov 2013

Treasury scrutiny of Duchy’s tax affairs insufficient – PAC

Public Accounts Committee calls on Treasury to better examine the tax affairs of the Duchy of Cornwall

08 Nov 2013

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Bank raiding powers could put HMRC at top of insolvency pecking order

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The Practitioner: The promise of the pension pot

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Social networking: How does the Top 50 stack up?

Firms are failing to realise the business benefits of social media sites such as utilising LinkedIn

Colin: There's nothing like a well-thought-out plan

Colin wonders whether some SMEs are keeping it too simple

Taking Stock: When tax is stranger than fiction

Sometimes you just can't make it up, TS finds

Scrapping IR35 all very well – but what else?

IR35 has proven ineffective, but 'what are the alternatives?' asks Calum Fuller

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