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Taking Stock: You don't have to look like Gareth Pearce to work here..

New Smith & Williamson co-chief David Cobb looks a lot like former exec chairman Gareth Pearce. And Taking Stock is scared

07 May 2014

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Taking Stock: Earl to sell plot to pay off tax mountain

TS hasn't come across many who use mountains to settle tax bills

06 May 2014

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Colin: Shhh, be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting...

Vince Cable goes hunting for opaque business structures

29 Apr 2014

Colin: The Gherkin's wilting

Colin was surprised to hear the Gherkin is in trouble

25 Apr 2014

Colin: There's nothing like a well-thought-out plan

Colin wonders whether some SMEs are keeping it too simple

16 Apr 2014

Taking Stock: When tax is stranger than fiction

Sometimes you just can't make it up, TS finds

10 Apr 2014

Scrapping IR35 all very well – but what else?

IR35 has proven ineffective, but 'what are the alternatives?' asks Calum Fuller

08 Apr 2014

The Practitioner: Calls waiting

With The Practitioner's firm on the receiving end of less-than-desirable telephony service, thoughts move to maintaining the best client dealings through new staffers

27 Mar 2014

Mehjoo case gives firms greater certainty

Dispute between firm Harben Barker and former client threatened imposition of opposing requirements on advisers

26 Mar 2014

Colin: Of LLPs and fish stocks

Colin finds an interesting parallel to government's LLPs policy

24 Mar 2014

Taking Stock: Osborne becomes bantsellor of the Exchequer

Who knew Gideon was one of the lads?

20 Mar 2014

Taking Stock: Picking up the pieces ahead of the Budget

TS has been recipient of some novel Budget-related materials recently

18 Mar 2014

Colin: Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Colin speculates on the impact of HMRC's 'pay up first' tax avoidance policy on celebrities

13 Mar 2014

Election concerns likely to colour the Budget

Despite the tendency for pre-election Budgets to be dull, George Osborne may still spring a surprise or two next week

12 Mar 2014

Taking Stock: Taxing times for Clapham Omnibus

Where has the man from the Clapham Omnibus got off? TS muses...

11 Mar 2014

Taking Stock: Fairytale stuff from Disney accountants

Disney & Wood's website is kid's stuff, TS finds

04 Mar 2014

Colin: A world beyond reporting standards

Colin wonders how accountants would feel without the issue of reporting standards

03 Mar 2014

Leader: Is the ICAEW on the mark with Fair Tax thoughts?

Is the institute serious about 'fair tax', or is it just jumping on a bandwagon?

27 Feb 2014

Colin: By the seat of their pants

Colin distils the latest insolvency news

26 Feb 2014

Little chance EC can find an accountant without an IFRS opinion

ICAEW & Mazars' conflicts of interest with IFRS review indicative of relationship between profession and regulators

25 Feb 2014

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The Practitioner: Funding for growth - options galore

The Practitioner is astounded at the choices available for funding the firm

Leader: Can Tesco questions be answered without more red tape?

Will Tesco's problems be answered by rolling heads and improved controls? Hopefully businesses won't be punished with more red tape

Leader: CFOs must prepare for a more devolved UK

CFOs must consider the potential for all four of the UK nations to set different tax rules and implement separate business environments

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Accountants need a better bedside manner

Step back and put your self in other people's shoes, says chartered accountant Sydney Callis

Colin: Swoop to the rescue

Colin wonders who might be interested in Phones4U's plight

Colin: If you look after the pennies, Tesco...

Colin speculates on the state of Tesco's staff lounge following news of its profits recognition crisis

Colin: Salmond smoked like a kipper

Colin thinks the outcome of the Scotland referendum has a distinctly fishy feel

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Why budgeting fails: One management system is not enough

If budgeting is to have any value at all, it needs a radical overhaul. In today's dynamic marketplace, budgeting can no longer serve as a company's only management system; it must integrate with and support dedicated strategy management systems, process improvement systems, and the like. In this paper, Professor Peter Horvath and Dr Ralf Sauter present what's wrong with the current approach to budgeting and how to fix it.

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iXBRL: Taking stock. Looking forward

In this white paper CCH provide checklists to help accountants and finance professionals both in practice and in business examine these issues and make plans. Also includes a case study of a large commercial organisation working through the first year of mandatory iXBRL filing.