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Colin: Google 'double take'

Colin takes a somewhat irreverent look at the Public Accounts Committee's work

03 May 2013

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Google and E&Y summoned before PAC

The Public Accounts Committee recalls Google and Ernst & Young to give evidence over the internet giant's tax position

02 May 2013

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Colin: Lucky (triple) dip

Colin takes a sideways look at this week's economic news

26 Apr 2013

PAC risks credibility after accusing Big Four of driving tax policy

In accusing the Big Four of influencing tax policy for their own gain, the Public Accounts Committee risks its reputation

26 Apr 2013

Treasury lambasts PAC over suggestion of Big Four influence

HM Treasury issues a stinging rebuttal to Public Accounts Committee's suggestion the Big Four exert an "undue influence" on tax policy

26 Apr 2013

Big Four “wield undue influence” over tax system, say MPs

MPs in the Public Accounts Committee suggest there is a conflict of interest in the Big Four providing tax advice and expertise to government

26 Apr 2013

Colin: What's Maggie's epitaph?

Colin speculates what The Iron Lady's epitaph might be

10 Apr 2013

MPs question Homer's ability to lead HMRC

MPs in the Home Affairs Committee say they are "astounded" Lin Homer is now chief executive of HMRC following her record at the UK Border Agency

25 Mar 2013

Colin: What's up the chancellor's sleeve?

Colin takes a wry look at the contents of the 2013 Budget

20 Mar 2013

Budget 2013: Dour or defining? Or both?

Calum Fuller takes a look at the likely comings and goings in this week's 2013 Budget

19 Mar 2013

PAC: Taxman’s ‘customer’ service “inadequate”

HMRC must improve its levels of 'customer' service to taxpayers, the Public Accounts Committee says in its 36th Report of Session

18 Mar 2013

Chancellor faces calls for tax cuts as Budget looms

As the Budget approaches, the chancellor's party colleagues call for swingeing tax cuts to boost business

04 Mar 2013

Tax specialist Mike Thornton wins Eastleigh by-election

Eastleigh Liberal Democrat win see’s tax specialist Mike Thornton take his seat in Parliament

01 Mar 2013

ICAEW right to defend taxman’s efforts to curb avoidance

The ICAEW was right to defend HMRC's track record on tackling tax avoidance following PAC criticism, writes Calum Fuller

01 Mar 2013

Government procurement could spark consultancy revolution

The new government procurement framework could open up the consulting market - and even improve client/customer relations

28 Feb 2013

HMRC should “name and shame” tax avoiders, says Hodge

Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge calls for a "more robust approach" from HM Revenue & Customs against tax avoidance

19 Feb 2013

Government 'squandering' chance to simplify tax for SMEs

A clause in the Finance Bill 2013 designed to allow small businesses to account on cash basis is "unnecessarily complicated" says the ATT

12 Feb 2013

Government to freeze IHT threshold to pay for care

The health secretary is to hold the inheritance tax threshold for several years, in order to pay for improved social care for the elderly

11 Feb 2013

Public Accounts Committee not furthering tax avoidance debate, say readers

After a week of polling, Accountancy Age readers say the Public Accounts Committee has not furthered the tax avoidance debate

08 Feb 2013

Should the government red card the football creditor rule?

What does the profession think of the controversial insolvency rule? Both sides take to the pitch, writes Rachael Singh

05 Feb 2013

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The Practitioner: Mastering a merger

The Practitioner calls for senior staff to step up to the plate: as clandestine merger meetings take place

Guest Column: My year as FD-turned-CEO

Richard Stone speaks openly about his first year as Share plc's CEO - having served as its FD

Leader: KPMG's SME move part of a worrying change to small practice landscape

KPMG's foray into the SME market will likely succeed, but it must convince clients it will ‘care' in the same way a ‘local' practice would

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David vs Goliath? Small practitioners pick apart KPMG's SME move

Storm erupts after Big Four firm announces it will take on high-street accountants and the mid-tier accountancy firms that focus predominantly on SME market

Taking Stock: Mazuma's Blue (Peter) movie

Those crazy cats at Mazuma have filmed a brilliant Blue Peter-style video. They're wasted in number-crunching

Colin: Ben Affleck's costume drama

Colin wonders how much Ben Affleck's turn in The Accountant will differ from his previous roles

Taking Stock: Shooting begins on Affleck thriller The Accountant

Affleck is the star in Warner Brothers flick about and a mild-mannered accountant who becomes a high-class assassin by night

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