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HMRC must apply common sense to pay-up first plans

For those who espouse the morals of paying tax, HMRC's latest strategy doesn't quite sit right

16 Jul 2014

IR35

Scrapping IR35 all very well – but what else?

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

08 Apr 2014

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Mehjoo case gives firms greater certainty

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

26 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

LLPs guidance delay sign concerns may be heeded

LLP guidance still not published, with professions on tenterhooks

18 Feb 2014

ICAEW takes important educational step in tax debate

Ensuring the right information reaches the public is one of tax's biggest challenges, writes Calum Fuller

16 Jan 2014

AS2013: Osborne’s speech largely content-free

The chancellor's speech held very few surprises, nor much content

05 Dec 2013

Panorama programme over-simplifies avoidance debate

Accountancy deserves a greater mainstream voice after a BBC Panorama investigation into tax avoidance largely caricatured profession

18 Sep 2013

Groundhog Day at the PAC

The Public Accounts Committee's hearings are a vicious cycle, writes Calum Fuller

19 Jul 2013

Starbucks tax payments a bizarre move

The public's mood hasn't set tax bills before, so why is it setting Starbucks'?, asks Calum Fuller

24 Jun 2013

GAAR panel chair should be allowed to choose own people

Stakeholders should refrain from trying to influence the composition of the GAAR advisory panel

13 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

GAAR guidance sensibly manages expectations

After months of speculation and uncertainty, HMRC's efforts to manage what is expected of the General Anti-Abuse Rule are sensible, but could be too late

18 Apr 2013

HMRC wise to relax real-time requirements

Relaxing real-time PAYE obligations for small businesses in the first six months of its roll-out could be the difference between its success and failure

05 Apr 2013

Budget 2013: Dour or defining? Or both?

Calum Fuller takes a look at the likely comings and goings in this week's 2013 Budget

19 Mar 2013

HMRC must slow down rush to revolutionise

Attempting several major changes at once will cause trouble for HMRC, writes Calum Fuller

15 Mar 2013

ICAEW right to defend taxman’s efforts to curb avoidance

The ICAEW was right to defend HMRC's track record on tackling tax avoidance following PAC criticism, writes Calum Fuller

01 Mar 2013

Name-and-shame policy must be used sparingly

After naming and shaming deliberate tax defaulters for the first time, HM Revenue & Customs must use the tactic sparingly

25 Feb 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

ICAS is right – Scottish tax autonomy needs defining

The issues regarding Scotland's increasing tax autonomy need urgent addressing, notes Calum Fuller

16 Nov 2012

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