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

Andrew Watt

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

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

The Practitioner: 'Tis the season to tidy up

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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

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

Colin: Captain Obvious joins the Lib Dems

Colin wonders what other bleeding obvious policies the Lib Dems will announce in the run-up to the election

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