Analysis

SMEs caught in a tug of war between HMRC and Parliament

SMEs bearing the brunt of poor business conditions

Listed firm’s Red Flag report shows large businesses revived – at SMEs' expense

19 Oct 2012

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Best Practice: Watt Busfield’s Andrew Watt

Andrew Watt discusses the process of setting up a new practice

08 Oct 2012

Julie Adams

Best Practice: Julie Adams, Menzies

Menzies’ new managing partner Julie Adams explains the firm’s strategy to bolster service lines and deepen London strength

02 Oct 2012

Best Practice: Brookson’s Martin Hesketh

Hesketh has come under fire for claiming that old fashioned accountancy firms are damaging sole trader clients

28 Sep 2012

No evidence of "tacit coordination" among Big Four

Competition Commission working paper on tacit collusion among Big Four goes some way to vindicate their stance on audit competition

25 Sep 2012

Tax taskforces: Why lawyers and not accountants?

Accountancy Age looks at what could have piqued HMRC's interest in the legal profession

21 Sep 2012

The recovery begins: tax and the Top 50 +50

Accountancy Age delves into this year's Top 50 +50 figures, and finds the start of a tentative recovery in tax fee income

11 Sep 2012

VAT reclaims could drag on for years

HMRC is fighting on various fronts as increasing amounts of VAT reclaims go through the courts. Many are predicting the process could last for years

31 Aug 2012

Wealth Tax: What the papers say

Accountancy Age rounds up the latest thoughts and views to Nick Clegg's plan for a wealth tax

30 Aug 2012

KPMG travails indicative of wider malaise

All of the Big Four are suffering from price competition for audit tenders, and limited opportunities for M&A and IPO work

24 Aug 2012

HMRC's taskforces: Who are they and what do they do?

Taskforces have become part of HMRC's arsenal to recover tax. Accountancy Age considers their likelihood of success

24 Aug 2012

"No basis" for MPs to offset accountants against tax bill

Advisors say there is "no basis" under which MPs can claim against the cost of hiring accountants, following a dispute between HMRC and IPSA over the matter

22 Aug 2012

Profession up in arms over AADB fine calculations

FRC faces backlash from firms and institutes over changes to the way disciplinary sanctions are calculated. Nevertheless, changes are required

14 Aug 2012

Consultancy: The Top 50 +50

Pressure on profit and fees in audit and compliance work is leading firms to reposition themselves as broader advisory businesses

14 Aug 2012

Best Practice: Smith & Williamson's Gareth Pearce

Keeping the Smith & Williamson house in order, without overreaching, will pay dividends, says chairman Gareth Pearce

13 Aug 2012

Top 50 +50: Behind the numbers

Record-breaking year as firms collectively hit £10bn, but threshold for entering the top table drops to £11.3m

08 Aug 2012

Audit: The Top 50 +50

Audit firms’ cost-cutting measures pay dividends as Accountancy Age Top 50 reveals overall increase in audit fees

06 Aug 2012

ICAEW goes alone on tax avoidance disciplinaries

The ICAEW's stance on avoidance as a potential disciplinary issue sees it stand alone. Neither ACCA or ICAS are taking a similar approach

03 Aug 2012

Audit reporting rules could see duel accounting

Fundamental changes to the auditor’s report are needed, but current proposals could highlight clashing management/auditor views

01 Aug 2012

Treasury opens the Pandora’s Box of tax avoidance

The Treasury's proposals in its 'Lifting the Lid on Tax Avoidance Schemes' consultation creates a storm

25 Jul 2012

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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?

The Practitioner: The promise of the pension pot

The combination of pensions drawdown and enterprise investment tax planning makes the Practitioner's mouth water - but can the firm get its pensioners lined up in a row?

Leader: Charity begins at home

With so many accountants require support and counselling, an already charitable profession must consider where its efforts go

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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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