Insight / Paternity rights: what you need to know - part 2

Part two in a series on parental rights focuses on the implications of paternity leave, examining the rights and responsibilities of both employer and employee while considering statutory paternity pay

Accounting / Companies House to reduce costs by 3.5% despite increase in workload

Companies House has outlined plans to reduce costs of baseline activities by 3.5%, despite having an increased workload, and will focus investment on improvements to digital services, expecting to have digital filing options for 99% of accounts by March 2018

Professional Development / People in the news: HW Fisher, Brown Shipley, R3

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, HW Fisher hires an audit partner and promotes an additional five staff members to partner, Brown Shipley hires a lending specialist, R3 appoints a president 

Tax / Snap election kills off probate fee proposals

The snap general election has derailed controversial plans to increase probate fees, dubbed a ‘stealth death tax’, as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said there is now insufficient time for the necessary legislation to pass through Parliament

Tax / ICAEW runs through charity rules on London Marathon donations

Ahead of this year’s London Marathon on Sunday, which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest single annual fundraising event, ICAEW has issued advice reminding accountants and others of the options to claim tax relief on any charitable donations for those taking part

Insight / VAT fraudster ordered to repay £2.2m

A man who falsely claimed to be an accountant and was sentenced for his role in a complex VAT repayment fraud involving fake construction companies, has now been ordered to repay more than £2.2m or face a further period in prison

Tax / IMF warning on Trump tax plan risks

President Trump’s plans for US tax reforms and a relaxation of some financial regulations risks destabilising corporate spending and could result in a return of the excessive financial risk taking seen in the run up to the 2008 crisis, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Insight / EY becomes official apprenticeship trainer

EY has been awarded employer provider status, which will allow the firm to officially deliver apprenticeship training to its people, and is looking to take on 200 apprentices in September

Tax / Pensions held overseas fully taxable from April 2017, HMRC confirms

From the new tax year 2017/18, the full amount of any foreign pension received by a UK resident will be taxable where no UK tax relief was given on the pension savings, replacing the old 90% limit

Tax / IRS spells trouble for US reality TV star

Tori Spelling, the daughter of late multimillionaire media mogul Aaron Spelling and star of the TV show ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’, has allegedly seen $700,000 drained from the family bank account by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the latest episode in a long-running tax saga

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20 Apr 2017

Accounting / Small business accounts: investment property - part 5

In the fifth of our exclusive series on small company accounting, Anne Cowley examines the key new UK GAAP changes for small businesses accounting for investment property and explains how small rule changes can create substantial challenges 

Tax / Editor’s comment: no more scrutiny

Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election comes at a critical time for the tax profession as the Finance Bill is set to face disruption. Sara White considers the risk of important tax measures being rushed through the legislative process without facing scrutiny beforehand

Insight / Economic trends: sterling works

Martin Beck, senior economist at Oxford Economics analyses how the pound has managed to remain resilient over the last year despite global political headwinds and Brexit fears

Tax / Tax guidance updated for companies entering liquidation

HMRC has published updated guidance on mandatory online filing at the end of a company’s life, outlining the risks for companies that seek informal striking off or enter a Members’ Voluntary Liquidation (MVL) and therefore do not qualify for exemption

Insight / Companies House flags changes to anti-money laundering rules

Companies House is calling on companies and accountants to get up to speed with changes to UK anti-money laundering rules, including new requirements affecting people with significant control (PSC) information, which come into effect from 26 June

Audit / Vectura Group prescribes KPMG to replace Deloitte as auditor

FTSE 250 pharmaceutical specialist the Vectura Group, which supplies products for the treatment of lung disease, is to appoint KPMG as external auditor from the 2017 financial year, replacing incumbent Deloitte after a decade

Insight / IESBA seeks feedback on key issues for code of ethics revision

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) has launched a survey seeking comments, views, and insights from stakeholders as the first step in identifying the key issues it should address in revising its code of ethics for professional accountants

Insight / Accountants offered incentives by peer-to-peer invoice finance marketplace

MarketInvoice, which bills itself the largest peer-to-peer online invoice finance marketplace, is launching a new incentive plan for referrals from accountants, commercial finance brokers and financial advisers in a bid to double lending to £2bn in 2017

Tax / HMRC not doing enough to tackle £1.5bn online VAT losses

HMRC’s understanding of the amount of tax lost to online VAT fraud and error, which it says may be up to £1.5bn annually, and its efforts to tackle the problem, have been criticised by the National Audit Office (NAO) as lacking sufficient detail or urgency

Insight / Premier League football clubs collect record £3.6bn

As the English football season draws to a close, Premier League clubs scored a new record of £3.6bn in revenues last year, but also fell into the red with an aggregate pre-tax loss of around £110m, according to research from Deloitte

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19 Apr 2017

Accounting / London-listed mining company finds £3.3m hole in accounts

Asa Resource Group, a pan-African resources company listed on London’s alternative investment market (AIM), has reported ‘strong evidence’ that $4.3m (£3.3m) of funds from one of its mines in Zimbabwe have gone missing, and has dismissed its chief executive and group finance director

Tax / Potential traps to avoid in your VAT return - part 2

In part two of our series on VAT compliance, The Tax Guys managing partner Jonathan Amponsah outlines five potential pitfalls to avoid in making VAT returns from overseas transactions to whether to claim VAT on business entertainment

Tax / George Osborne quits as MP

Former Chancellor George Osborne has announced that he is quitting as an MP ‘for now’ in a letter to his Tatton constituents, following the announcement of a snap election and only one month after he was announced as the new editor of the Evening Standard

Accounting / Accountant in £200k fraud at London Metal Exchange

Annmarie Norris, who worked her way up to become head of the accounting department at the London Metal Exchange (LME) despite not having a professional qualification, has been jailed for 32 months for a £200,000 fraud, which the court heard was facilitated by ‘extremely lax’ accounting practices

Tax / Finance Bill 2017 should not be rushed through without scrutiny

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him not to rush through a large number of tax changes, inlcuding Making Tax Digital, without any real parliamentary scrutiny, particularly since complex measures such as interest restriction have already faced repeated amendment

Accounting / FRC Lab kicks off risk and viability reporting project

The Financial Reporting Council Lab is kicking off a project on risk and viability reporting and is looking for companies, investors and analysts to participate in the research by 21 April

Tax / Shadow Chancellor wants tax rises for £70k plus earners

John McDonnell, Labour shadow Chancellor, has given an early indication that the party’s manifesto for the forthcoming election is likely to include higher tax rates for those earning over £70,000 and a cap on executive pay

Tax / FTT upholds APN non-payment penalty

A First Tier Tribunal (FTT) has dismissed an appeal from an investor in a film scheme against a penalty for failing to pay an amount specified in an accelerate payment notice (APN) by the due date because the sum he paid was allocated to a separate partner payment notice (PPN) for another scheme

Tax / US tax office extends filing deadline for overseas US residents

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the 18 April filing deadline to taxpayers outside the US to 15 June

Tax / Pensioners advised to delay completing tax returns

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has advised pensioners to wait until the end of May before completing a tax return due to HMRC issuing notices despite introducing a new system which means that pensioners with a state pension exceeding their personal allowance may no longer have to file a return

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