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Insight / KPMG's incoming chief Bill Michael plans to shake up leadership team

Bill Michael, who takes over from Simon Collins as KPMG’s chair from 1 October has shaken up the firm’s top team, bringing seven new members on to the executive committee, with tax, consulting and technology represented for the first time

Insight / FRP Advisory prescribes administration for RedX Pharma

FRP Advisory has been called in as administrators to both RedX Pharma plc and its subsidiary RedX Oncology Ltd, after Liverpool City Council called in a £2m loan to the AIM-list company

Audit / KPMG hangs up on telco operator Lycamobile

KPMG has resigned as the auditor of Lycamobile UK Ltd, citing problems in obtaining ‘sufficient, appropriate audit evidence’ and concerns about whether there are adequate accounting records at the mobile network operator, which is involved in a £26m VAT dispute with HMRC

Insight / CIPFA signs up to deliver apprenticeships

CIPFA is to begin delivering accountancy and finance apprenticeships from autumn this year, after being accepted onto the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) register of apprenticeship training providers

Tax / Cohabiting pensioners missing out on tax benefits

Despite people over the pension age being the fastest growing group of cohabitees, many are missing out on tax breaks, such as inheritance tax benefits, and state pension rights which are only available to married couples, according to research by Royal London

Tax / PCS union slates HMRC’s office reorganisation plans

HMRC staff at the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) annual conference have condemned the department’s plans to close local offices as ‘impractical’, and indicated they will continue to campaign for a review of the decision to move most employees to new regional hubs under HMRC’s Building our Future (BoF) strategy

Accounting / OECD consults on transfer pricing for intangibles

The OECD is consulting on outline guidance on the approach to pricing transfers of hard-to-value intangibles (HTVI) described in its transfer pricing guidelines, which is one of the requirements of its Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) action plan

Insight / FRP Advisory called in to failing law firm

Tom MacLennan and Iain Fraser, partners with FRP Advisory, have been appointed joint administrators of Hamilton Burns WS Ltd, a Scottish-based immigration, criminal, matrimonial and civil practice law firm which has collapsed with half of its staff losing their jobs

Insight / Data breaches: preparing for EU General Data Protection Regulation

Changes to data protection laws will have wide-reaching impact on UK companies and subsidiaries, with tough penalties for non-compliance when the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is introduced in 2018. Huw Beverley-Smith, a partner in the technology transactions group at Faegre Baker Daniels, considers the implications for accountants

Insight / 13% of accountancy firms have no website

The accounting sector’s presence on social media is lacking compared to other industries with only half of firms having a twitter profile and 13% admitting to not having a website, according to a report by Propero Partners

Tax / Charitable donations cut inheritance tax bills by £880m

The amount of inheritance tax (IHT) saved by leaving money to charity has hit a record £880m, as donors look to reduce their tax bills and donate to good causes on their death

Insight / Pensions Regulator names companies flouting auto enrolment

The Pensions Regulator has released its first name and shame list of employers who have been taken to court for failing to pay fines for workplace pension non-compliance, including 13 companies which have been fined £220,000 to underline the importance of meeting automatic enrolment requirements

Audit / KPMG picks up Swiss energy audit at ABB

Swiss power transmission and automation technology specialist ABB is to appoint KPMG as its external auditor effective for the financial year 2018, ending a more than 16-year relationship with EY

Tax / Pension planning: lifetime allowance and tax liability - part 1

In part one of our series on pensions, Kay Ingram, director of public policy at LEBC reviewsthe impact of reductions in the lifetime allowance and tax liability for high earners, plus a snapshot of the key tax breaks currently available

Insight / Higher pension deficit payments hit pay packets

Companies are suppressing wages by an average £200 a year in order to plug historic gaps in defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, even though some low earners are excluded from such schemes, according to a study by the Resolution Foundation
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