TaxPersonal TaxThe Big Question – 75% not ready for euro

The Big Question - 75% not ready for euro

Almost three-quarters of UK businesses are still not prepared for the euro, according to their finance directors, writes Ben Griffiths.

The Big Question survey, carried out by Accountancy Age and Reed Accountancy Personnel, found that 74% of FDs believed their organisations remained unready for the new European currency.

Of these, almost half said they would not be prepared by 1999, or were unable to say if they would be ready.

Among those FDs who said they were taking steps to be ready, Jim Goodliffe, FD of JS Humidifiers, said: ‘Our current objective is to ensure all systems will be ready by the end of 1998 and that we will have a euro currency account for trading by 1 January 1999.’

Many FDs taking no action felt their organisations would be unaffected by the euro’s introduction. ‘Most of our business is in the UK,’ was a typical comment.

Despite the apparent lack of preparation in the majority of companies, 26% of FDs said their firms were already geared up for the euro. ‘About 70% of our trade is in foreign currencies, hence we have to be prepared,’ said David Weldrake of textile company W Fein.

The survey emerged as Ernst & Young published guidance on the tax consequences arising from the introduction of the euro and the business decisions that firms will have to make.

E&Y examined fictional companies to show how firms may be affected and to indicate what new tax-planning business people could consider.

Related Articles

LITRG urges government to consider tax changes in disability work plan

Administration LITRG urges government to consider tax changes in disability work plan

1m Lucy Skoulding, Reporter
HMRC appeal rejected in Tottenham Hotspur case

Administration HMRC appeal rejected in Tottenham Hotspur case

2m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
HMRC urged to clarify impact of income allowances on Self-Assessments

Personal Tax HMRC urged to clarify impact of income allowances on Self-Assessments

3m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
New trading allowance: simplicity, but not as we know it

Administration New trading allowance: simplicity, but not as we know it

3m Emma Rawson, ATT Technical Officer
Wealthy individuals could circumvent top tax rate rises

Personal Tax Wealthy individuals could circumvent top tax rate rises

5m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Italy grants first successful non-dom status application to former UK non-dom

Personal Tax Italy grants first successful non-dom status application to former UK non-dom

6m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Industry reaction: Taylor Review does not go far enough in addressing tax issues

Legal Industry reaction: Taylor Review does not go far enough in addressing tax issues

6m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Does the Taylor Review sufficiently address the gig economy?

Corporate Tax Does the Taylor Review sufficiently address the gig economy?

6m Alia Shoaib, Reporter