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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

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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

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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

MPs want to grill Charity Commission over avoidance scheme

MPs have questions for the Charity Commission, after a registered charity is alleged to have been a front for a tax avoidance scheme

01 Feb 2013

Suggestion Big Four too close to government peculiar

"Who else are the government supposed to consult on constructing tax law?" asks Calum Fuller after the Big Four appeared before the Public Accounts Committee

31 Jan 2013

HMRC “unambitious” on customer services, says Hodge

HMRC now answers 90% of calls inside five minutes, according to chief executive Lin Homer

29 Jan 2013

Goldman Sachs should have stuck to bonus delay, say readers

There is no reason for Goldman Sachs not to delay its bonuses to UK staff in order to take advantage of the drop in income tax, say Accountancy Age readers

24 Jan 2013

Charge for GAAR clearance system, Lords told

Members of the House of Lords Economics and Finance Bill 2013 sub-committee continued their analysis of how successful the GAAR is likely to be

24 Jan 2013

GAAR not panacea, Aaronson tells Lords

Graham Aaronson QC, author of the original anti-tax avoidance recommendations, and Malcolm Gammie QC warn Lords that the incoming rule will not be a cure-all

22 Jan 2013

Big Four to appear before Public Accounts Committee

Big Four tax partners called before Public Accounts Committee to discuss tax avoidance

21 Jan 2013

Goldman Sachs rows back on bonus delay

Following widespread political pressure, Goldman Sachs decides not to delay the delivery of staff bonuses

16 Jan 2013

MPs’ anger as Goldman Sachs plans delay to bonuses

Plans to delay bonuses until after the top tax rate falls to 45p have angered Westminster

15 Jan 2013

Childcare tax relief postponed

Coalition plans to introduce childcare tax breaks have been pushed back

11 Jan 2013

IT companies underpaid tax by £800m, says Tory MP

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke accuses IT companies of underpaying their corporation tax

08 Jan 2013

Anstee: Small businesses need audits to help raise finance

Accessing finance becomes a slower, more difficult process without audited financials at hand, warns former ICAEW chief

19 Dec 2012

AS2012: Coalition growth plans are “slowest recovery in 100 years” – Balls

George Osborne's fiscal policy "completely derailed", says the shadow chancellor

05 Dec 2012

Select committee to evaluate effectiveness of tax system

Treasury Select Committee will examine tax policy in new year

05 Dec 2012

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How software as a service can meet the strategic needs of a growing business

Organisations are now looking for a software service that is cost effective, flexible, streamlined and able to meet the needs of the business both today and in the future

Organisations are now looking for a software service that is cost effective, flexible, streamlined and able to meet the needs of the business both today and in the future

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

Will HMRC’s new bank raiding powers see insolvency practitioners pursuing it for funds taken illegally in the event of bankruptcy?

Miller's Tale: Quality time(sheets)

Love them or loathe them, timesheets are a part of day-to-day life for most practices. Cara Miller asks whether they're actually outdated, and a hindrance

The Practitioner: In death comes clarity

The untimely death of a client makes The Practitioner think about the role of an accountant

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Probate: How to manage death and taxes

Mick Jones takes a sideways, but informative, view on the issues accountants face in offering probate services

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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