Tax / Tyrie calls for probe into real cost of Making Tax Digital

Andrew Tyrie MP, chairman of the Treasury Committee, has called for further analysis of the projected costs to small businesses of complying with quarterly reporting under Making Tax Digital as the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and HMRC’s estimations of the administrative burden differ immensely 

Insight / KPMG finds buyer to fit Jones Bootmaker

KPMG has found a buyer for Jones Bootmaker, the footwear retailer with over 100 branches across the UK, selling the company to private equity firm Endless, in a move which saves the company from going into administration

Accounting / PwC agrees settlement in $2bn MF Global legal case

PwC’s US firm has come to a settlement with former audit client MF Global Holdings, ending a high profile trial in New York over claims the firm was allegedly negligent in its accounting advice to the derivatives broker, which went bankrupt in 2011 after suffering huge financial losses on European government debt

Insight / Crest Nicholson shareholders question foundations of bonus plans

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson is to push ahead with its original plans for executive bonuses, despite a shareholder revolt against the company’s pay policy at its annual general meeting this week

Insight / Over half of accountants unhappy with their pay

Pressure has increased on firms to boost employee salaries as the 1.4% salary rise in accountancy falls below the UK average and 60% of finance employees plan to leave their job this year with the main reasons being lack of opportunity (30%) and pay (27%)

Insight / Accountants viewed as boring but well-paid

Stereotypes of accountants being boring but wealthy have not changed over the years as 44% of people consider accountancy to be the most boring career while over a quarter (27%) believe that it is the best paid profession

Insight / Cheques enter 21st century with one-day clearing

A new electronic image scanning system for cheques will reduce the current maximum of six working days to clear cheques down to one day using an industry-wide, image-based cheque clearing system

Insight / PwC appointed administrators to footwear retail chain

Tony Barrell, deals director, and Mike Jervis, partner, of PwC have been appointed as joint administrators of Brantano Retail Ltd, after the value shoe retailer collapsed for a second time, putting some 1,000 jobs at risk

Insight / Adopting flexible working: useful tips

How can employers stuck in nine to five thinking free themselves up for flexible working? Jude Tavanyar, leadership consultant, explores the key issues for any organisation looking to move towards a flexible working approach

Insight / London firm CBW in Guernsey partnership

Carter Backer Winter (CBW), based in the City of London, has entered into partnership with local accountancy firm Chandler Backer & Co, to form CBW Guernsey in a new joint venture to provide islanders with a range of services, including tax and transaction services

Tax / Rural broadband: how to improve access as Making Tax Digital looms

The postcode lottery for business-ready telecoms for rural enterprises remains a problem, only exacerbated by HMRC's rushed plans to roll out Making Tax Digital from 2018 onwards. Dave Millett, managing director of telecoms brokerage Equinox, asks what can be done

Insight / EU’s financial regulator up for review

The European Commission has launched a consultation on the role of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) to review its effectiveness and long-term stability ahead of Brexit, with possible reform to give it more power in regulating financial markets across the EU

Insight / Finance staff pick Dublin as post-Brexit location

Dublin’s financial services sector stands to gain from a post-Brexit boost when it comes to bankers choosing the location they would most like to live, once they are displaced from London, according to a survey by online removals platform Movinga

Insight / AAT beats ICAEW to sign women in finance charter

AAT has beaten the ICAEW to become the first accountancy body to sign up to the government’s women in finance charter, as the Treasury announces almost half of UK financial services staff are now covered by the pledge for signatory firms to work together to help build greater gender balance

Insight / FTSE 100 CEOs earn 386 times national living wage

FTSE CEOs earn 386 times the pay of a worker earning the national living wage (NLW), according to research by the Equality Trust, which is calling for support from the public to put pressure on the government to introduce mandatory pay gap reporting