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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

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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

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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

Osborne told to keep hands off pension tax

NAPF warns against cutting the maximum amount of annual pension contribution that is exempt from tax

03 Dec 2012

Committee calls on taxman to be tougher on multinationals

The Public Accounts Committee calls on the taxman to be more assertive in its fight against corporate tax avoidance

03 Dec 2012

ICAEW urges local audit cost rethink

Government must ensure firms are paid when they conduct a public interest report to hold local authorities accountable

21 Nov 2012

Hand Wales control over its taxes, says commission

Silk Commission outlines handover of tax-setting responsibilities and borrowing control to Welsh government

20 Nov 2012

Committee needs to understand the UK tax system

Members of the Public Accounts Committee showed a worrying lack of understanding of the tax system, says Miles Dean

14 Nov 2012

Less is more as corporates' tax responses vex MPs

MPs in the Public Accounts Committee struggled to get any closer to resolving the issues around multinationals' tax affairs

13 Nov 2012

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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

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Colin: Ben Affleck's costume drama

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

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