Pat Sweet

Pat Sweet

Pat Sweet is online reporter at CCH Daily and Accountancy, covering news stories as they happen each day. With a background in specialist publications, Pat has written about the management consultancy and IT sectors, and is now focused on developments in the accounting and finance markets. Contact Pat Sweet

Tax / HMRC inheritance tax calculator reflects nil-rate band

HMRC has updated the inheritance tax (IHT) calculator to include details on the nil-rate band for inheritance tax, which came into effect in April and gives married couples and civil partners a higher IHT allowance, set to reach £1m by 2020

Tax / Political parties’ tax plans fail to meet business priorities

The two main political parties are failing to address the majority of businesses’ top targets for tax reform, with both the Conservative and Labour manifestos meeting less than half of their key priorities, according to research by Moore Stephens

Tax / Messi’s ‘red card’ for tax fraud confirmed

Spain's Supreme Court has confirmed a 21-month jail term for Barcelona striker and Argentinian football international Lionel Messi, for charges of tax fraud, but the player is unlikely to be sent off the pitch to serve time in prison

Accounting / IASB seeks feedback on IFRS 13 fair value measurement

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is seeking stakeholders’ views about their experience with IFRS 13, the accounting standard that explains how to measure the ‘fair value’ of assets and liabilities, to address problems identified with disclosure requirements

Insight / £170m to play for in football league promotion match

Bank Holiday Monday promises to be pay day for either Huddersfield Town or Reading, as the two football clubs battle it out in the play-off for promotion to the Premier League, with analysis from Deloitte suggesting the winner will score an additional £170m in revenue, rising to more than £290m if they survive their first season

Tax / HMRC disputes own calculations

HMRC has won a £3.1m case at a First Tier Tribunal (FTT) where part of the argument centred on whether or not the tax authority could challenge calculations derived from third party software developed to meet its own technical specifications, which may have implications for Making Tax Digital implementations

Tax / UK rejects Europe-wide corporation tax

Only 16% of UK businesses support the idea of an EU-wide corporate tax rate, and just 6% of those in Ireland, compared to the majority of European businesses which are in favour of a common approach, according to research by Grant Thornton

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

Tax / UKIP promises no tax rises

Speaking at the launch of the UKIP manifesto, deputy chairman Suzanne Evans has said it is the only party going into the forthcoming election to pledge not to raise taxes, with plans to introduce a £13,500 threshold for paying income tax by the end of the next parliament

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 / Uber owes NY drivers millions after accounting error

Ride-hailing pioneer Uber has admitted it owes its New York drivers tens of millions of dollars following an accounting error in the way in which it calculated their commission, by using a figure which included state taxes rather than a pre-tax fare

Tax / Trump budget plan attacked over accounting maths

US President Donald Trump has published his first budget, which proposes a $3.6 trillion (£2.8 trillion) cut in government spending over the next decade to balance the budget by 2017, but it has come under fire over the calculations used

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
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