Insight / People in the news: KPMG, RSM, Kingston Smith

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, KPMG appoints a head for its Manchester office, 288 trainees join RSM and Kingston Smith gains a senior corporate solicitor

Tax / Edward Troup retires as HMRC executive chair

HMRC’s executive chair and first permanent secretary, Edward Troup, has announced plans to retire after working for the tax authority for five years, officially departing on 31 December 2017

Tax / Microsoft IT head hired to lead HMRC’s digital transformation

A year-long recruitment process has resulted in HMRC appointing Jacky Wright, Microsoft’s corporate vice president, as chief digital and information officer to oversee the tax authority’s digital transformation, taking over from interim Mike Potter

Tax / Pension planning: transferring pensions overseas and QROPS - part 4

In part four of our series on pensions, Kay Ingram, director of public policy at LEBC, examines the impact and risks associated with transferring pensions overseas and Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pensions Schemes (QROPs)  

Insight / KPMG reports 40% boost in apprenticeship hires

KPMG’s 2017 recruitment drive has seen a 40% increase in the number of apprenticeship hires, up from 129 in 2016 to 181 this year, and bringing the total number of young people recruited into the firm’s apprenticeship schemes to 387

Tax / HMRC hikes spend on counter-avoidance tax staff by 7%

HMRC has ploughed an additional 7% investment into the counter-avoidance directorate staff over the past 12 months, ahead of the introduction of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 at the end of this month which will make companies and partnerships criminally liable if they fail to prevent tax evasion by either a member of their staff or an external agent

Insight / CIOT revises Chartered Tax Adviser exams and opens up eligibility criteria

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has overhauled the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) examinations to ensure that the CTA continues to be as relevant as possible to the needs of tax professionals, and has removed the 'confirmation of eligibility' requirement

Insight / People in the news: Moore Stephens Intl, ICAS, BDO, PwC, Quantuma, MHA Carpenter Box

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, ICAS chief executive steps down to join Moore Stephens International, new trainees at BDO, Creasys and MHA Carpenter Box, Quantuma hires insolvency specialist and Ian Kenyon named first CFO of new UK Research and Innovation body

Insight / ICAEW launches business and finance professional (BFP) designation

ICAEW has unveiled a new professional designation for individuals who want to pursue a career in business and whose role involves an element of finance related work, called the ICAEW business and finance professional (BFP)

Insight / Jon Davies Accountants sets up Liverpool practice

Established Merseyside accountant Jon Davies has set up an accounting practice based in Liverpool, with a team of four senior client managers

Insight / Nurturing ambition in finance - tips and advice

Informing employees on promotion timelines, giving them recognition for their accomplishments and providing training are all things employers can do to ensure they attract and retain the most ambitious individuals, says Karen Young, director at Hays Senior Finance

Insight / Scottish local councils still to resolve equal pay issues

Local government in Scotland has taken twice as long as anticipated to implement equal pay for council workers, and is still struggling to meet the legal requirements in this area, with around £750m spent on settling claims so far and nearly 27,000 still outstanding, according to a review by the Accounts Commission

Insight / Farnell: when is an accountant not an ‘accountant’?

Hiring an accountant is not always as transparent as one might think as anyone can say they are an accountant, regardless of whether they have specific institute endorsed qualifications. Sean Farnell, partner at Burgis & Bullock, says it is high time this shoddy state of affairs was reviewed and calls for tighter controls on who can call themselves an accountant

Insight / EY posts global revenues of $31.4bn

EY has announced combined global revenues of $31.4bn (£24.3bn) for the financial year ended 30 June 2017, marking a seventh year of growth, with digital services, business advisory and capital transactions fuelling double-digit growth in its advisory and transactions businesses

Insight / People in the news: KPMG, Carter Backer Winter, Milsted Langdon FS

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, KPMG announces the lead for its commercial mobility function, CBW expands its tax team in London, Milsted Langdon Financial Services has a new wealth management adviser, and Ferguson Litigation Funding has a new business development and client care specialist onboard