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Colin: Wheel of Fortune

Colin comments on the state of the audit market

06 Aug 2013

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Another day, another audit rotation

The new fashion of appointing fresh auditors has yet to extend outside the Big Four

05 Aug 2013

Steve Varley

Taking Stock: EY plays the catchphrase game

TS is delighted to note the aplomb with which EY is pushing its rebrand

09 Jul 2013

Taking Stock: 'No trainers' if you want to party with PwC

Partying with with the Big Four is not straightforward

06 Jun 2013

PAC risks credibility after accusing Big Four of driving tax policy

In accusing the Big Four of influencing tax policy for their own gain, the Public Accounts Committee risks its reputation

26 Apr 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

Colin: Autonomy can be a lonely place

Colin takes a wry look at one of the week's bigger developments

22 Nov 2012

Big Four chiefs should aim for village fete roles

No rest for the wickedly busy ex-Big Four chiefs in retirement. But that road leads to hassle, argues Taking Stock

18 Jul 2012

Colin: Nevermind the quality

Big firms make big changes

18 Jun 2012

November is the cruelest month (for audit)

PwC racks up four embarrassing audit exposures with E&Y and KPMG hot on their heels

11 Nov 2011

Audit split could be stalemate for Big Four

Splitting audit and non-audit service provision could hog-tie both sides

07 Oct 2011

PwC puts Deloitte in place over global figures

PwC can't resist dig at Deloitte as it retakes number one slot

03 Oct 2011

Haymarket Hotel or Deloitte towers?

Deloitte hires Haymarket hotel during the Olympics

28 Sep 2011

Who's riding the IFRS gravy train?

IFRS consultancy work can be lucrative, but who's cashing in the cheques?

22 Aug 2011

Firm favourites: Cosying up to regulators

Firms, institutes and regulators are one big happy family, but what does this mean for professional oversight?

02 Aug 2011

Big Four play audit musical chairs

The Big Four have been swapping audits like kids with marbles, indicating the market may be increasingly dynamic

29 Jun 2011

Peter Mitchell gives Big Four a black eye

SPA chairman Peter Mitchell takes a dig at the big audit firms

07 Jun 2011

Who will win Kabul Bank audit?

DfID is spending £7m on a forensic audit of Kabul Bank, and no one knows whether the Big Four or an Afghan firm is the preferred choice

25 May 2011

Lawson finally cracks a smile at Lords audit gig

05 Apr 2011

Will ICAEW prove it has SME practice interests at heart?

10 Nov 2010

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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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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.