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Three charities to benefit from local accountancy firm's fundraisers Nottingham-based accountants Page Kirk LLP have made a generous charitable donation following fundraising efforts by staff. The team in Gregory Boulevard spent 2019 organising a host of events to support no fewer than three good causes.

Advising your clients on carbon emissions The Association of Accounting Technicians has called on its members to be proactive with helping clients and employers understand how they can achieve zero carbon emissions.

UK Tax Investigations: Everything You Need to Know UK tax investigations are complex and stressful, but do they have to be? Finance experts arm you with all the info you need for a smooth tax investigation.

People Moves: EY, KPMG UK, UHY and more People Moves: Firms are bolstering workforce and welcoming talent—Big Four shake-ups, 10 trainees receiving professional qualifications at Duncan and Toplis.

HMRC slammed by Norfolk business following tax blunder Debit and Credit Accountancy, a family run business based in Wroxham, spotted the taxman's blunder when a client was slapped with the £100 fine. The penalty notice related to late tax returns - which Debit and Credit are paid to organise on behalf of their customers - for the year ending April 2019.

Practice round-up: PwC, Mazars, and more… Accountancy Age's weekly round-up of practice news, including new teams, acquisitions and office moves. Updates from PwC, Mazars, and more…

You can't just keep appealing! An education provider, Metropolitan International Schools Ltd, has sought permission to apply for a Judicial Review in relation to a decision by HMRC. I understand that the School has made numerous appeals and applications over several years. You can find the substantive FTT decision at UKFTT 517.

Latest news from 'my mate down the pub' Conversation with a client… Me: "You've made a taxable profit for the year of £25,000. This means a corporation tax liability of £4,750…

This is your chance to nominate finalists for the Insider Scottish Accountancy and Financial Technology Awards Those who go above and beyond in achieving that will be celebrated in this year's Insider Scottish Accountancy and Financial Technology Awards. The awards will this year include three categories to reflect the increasing importance of innovation and new technology on the profession and sector.

Hull accountancy firm streamlines payroll and mentoring services with merger Client feedback has resulted in three sister companies merging to streamline processes and services for customers. Hull and East Yorkshire-based 360 Chartered Accountants has double-merged with 5Four Payroll and 360 Mentor after a consultation to improve experience revealed that many of its customers used all three services.

Partner promotions at Lancaster accountancy firm Ryan, who joined the firm in 2016 from one of the big four accountancy firms, KPMG, added: "Being promoted to Partner is a huge milestone in anyone's career and to have been able to achieve this in a dynamic firm like Baldwins means the actual journey to promotion has been equally as enjoyable as the promotion itself.

Accountancy industry calls for company reports to address UN sustainable development goals Leading accountancy bodies have today called for company reporting to address progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants are among six accountancy bodies which co-published the report today.

FASB clarifies interaction between standards FASB issued a standard Thursday that is intended to clarify the interaction between accounting standards related to equity securities, equity method investments, and certain derivatives. The board expects that standard to reduce diversity in practice and increase comparability of accounting for these interactions.

More taxpayers qualify for student loan COD relief The IRS extended its safe-harbor relief from recognizing cancellation-of-debt income for students whose loans were discharged either because their schools were closed or as a result of some type of fraud. The IRS had earlier provided relief for students from Corinthian College or American Career Institutes Inc.

Tribunal annoys HMRC again! This Upper Tier decision brings together two Direct Tax cases but may have wider implications. Both taxpayers, Nigel Rogers, and Craig Shaw, had been assessed penalties for late submission of their personal Tax Returns. Neither taxpayer appeared at the FTT.

What's on your Budget wishlist? Chancellor Sajid Javid has set the date for the upcoming Budget as 11 March, but he may not have a lot to say when he stands at the dispatch box. His PM has already put on the handcuffs by committing to maintain rates of income tax, National Insurance Contributions and VAT.

Mobile as a threat Martin Morris discusses the problem of IP theft, data leakage, phishing and Wi-Fi interference be addressed as mobile threat looms large for corporates.

Are your emails getting out of hand? Older practitioners will remember the frustrations of communicating when it took days to exchange simple messages. A far cry from today's emails which arrive in a matter of seconds. Patience was the primary solution when nobody answered the phone, or you failed to get through to the right person.

Managing risk, preserving reputation Auditors can provide invaluable support for the managers of charities and trustees who are under increased scrutiny in very tough times: Steve Harper.

CBSE Board Exam 2020: Check Class 12 Accountancy Marking Scheme & Sample Paper Part A is compulsory for all. iii. Part B has two options - Analysis of Financial Statements and Computerised Accounting. iv. Attempt only one option of Part B. All parts of a question should be attempted at one place. How are the following items presented in financial statements of a Not-for - Profit organisation:.

M A Choudhury A client of ours purchased a farm house with some grazing land attached to it in 1997 for £290,000. The total area is 2.86 acres and the house and surrounding lawn cover about 0.75 acre. The farm house including the lawn has been used as main residence since the date of purchase.

ACCA: Accountancy needs to evolve in today's digital age With technology and digitalisation transforming every aspect of businesses today, there's a need for Accountancy to evolve its role to remain relevant and sustainable.

How to become a Partner Achieving the role of Partner represents a professional challenge for many accountants - but the right skillsets and a business-focus mind could just be the combination needed to reach that goal.

Costs and options for closing your contractor company The IR35 changes will result in many contractors exiting this sector and seeking full time permanent employment. As a result their Limited Company needs to be finished up and closed down. For most with very straight forward affairs this will be a very simple process and will be cheap to do.

Make the most of apprenticeships to build accountancy skills With skills shortages affecting multiple industries, it's no surprise that more and more employers are turning to a 'grow your own' strategy to create a reliable pipeline of talent. One of the most cost-effective ways to do this is through apprenticeships.

5 things businesses can do to be more productive ahead of blue Monday Blue Monday falls annually on the third Monday of January, which is why it's important to put some basic plans in place ahead of Monday 20 January 2020 to help team and business productivity. The experts at Haines Watts have shared their top tips to help business owners get back into the swing of things in 2020:.

Law, accountancy and teaching among most challenging professions to break into without a degree New research on UCAS deadline day. Solicitor, accountant and teacher are believed to be among the most challenging jobs to secure without an undergraduate degree, according to new research.

Shooting yourself in the cos: Irish firm's tweet causes backlash Accountancy software got a whole lot more heated yesterday when BulletHQ answered a query from a user of their's about the possibility of an Irish language option. The company answered with this humdinger of a tweet and have since received over 1,300 responses, largely shocked at their tone.

BlackRock CEO declares 'fundamental reshaping of finance' Powerful institutional investor BlackRock will hold companies accountable for their disclosures of sustainability risks and for the policies that underpin them, Chairman and CEO Larry Fink wrote in an open letter to CEOs.

Accountancy: one of the most challenging professions to access? "But it's not the only path available. There are other ways of accessing the accountancy profession, such as taking a vocational route like an apprenticeship. This approach wouldn't saddle you with debt, nor would it cost several thousand pounds of your own money.

One Finance: Accountancy Age launches diversity campaign One Finance will run across all three publications and explore the issue of diversity throughout the financial services sector. Throughout the campaign, we will be bringing you stories that underrepresented groups, encompassing the gender gap, BAME, LGTBQ+, disabilities, age, social mobility, religion and nationality.

Property deal sees accountancy firm grow ILKLEY-based property consultancy DE Commercial has brokered a deal in the town allowing a local firm to expand further. DE Commercial advised private clients on the letting of 9-11 South Hawksworth Street to Wilkinson and Partners Chartered Accountants, who were seeking larger premises within the town to meet their expansion strategy.

Dear Nick: 'Is anyone else feeling the strain?' The dilemma: I ended up with a client on an indoor market a few years ago, and then I was recommended to other stallholders. So I now have a few on this market. I've been chasing one client on there for records but have had no response.

Two in one: Helping clients with their resolutions and 10 for you to make yourself And what about your clients? Asking them and helping them to keep track can be a good way to build up an awareness of their hopes and dreams. Conversations around these resolutions can also then be developed into business planning sessions. Ask them too about how their resolutions have panned out in previous years.

Tax warning: Why you could end up paying £100 charge to HMRC even if you don't owe any tax TAXPAYERS are being warned to take note of an upcoming deadline, as some people could be at risk of being charged an automatic £100 penalty for being just one day late in completing their Self Assessment tax return.

Accountancy firm expands Ilkley office An accountancy firm has expanded with additional office space in Ilkley in a deal brokered by DE Commercial. The property consultancy advised private clients on the letting of 9-11 South Hawksworth Street to Wilkinson and Partners Chartered Accountants.

Pensions play a crucial role in insolvency Recent high profile insolvencies have demonstrated that a firm's pension scheme can way heavily on its balance sheets, cooperating with then is key.

What recruiters need to know about IR35 in the run-up to April 2020 Learn the ins and outs of IR35 and what recruiters can do to ensure both them and their contractors are prepared for the legislation change.

Jan 2020: Lessons for a volatile year Moving into January, the self assessment tax season is in full swing, with a few minor distractions such as the long-awaited Budget date announcement for 11 March and a spate of interruptions to HMRC's MTD for VAT application programming interfaces.

How to use the power of planning in your practice We've all heard the expression failing to plan is planning to fail. I can thank my wise AAT tutor for introducing me to that saying. There is also a saying I heard recently that "a fool with a plan, will run circles around a genius who doesn't".

The widening skill gap in accountancy The report, conducted by CaseWare, an automated accounting software provider, confirms the much talked about move of accountants into a more advisory role, working on issues like financial planning and strategy, with more manual tasks like data entry being taken up by automation.

The accountant as expert in the family court Tony Roe of Penningtons Manches Cooper and Robert Holland of James Cowper Kreston discuss the use of accountants in divorce and family law matters.

Chiene + Tait tax boss joins board of international accountancy body "I'm also pleased to announce Neil and John Rodger being appointed as the new heads of taxation at Chiene + Tait. The joint appointment of an entrepreneurial tax expert and a property sector specialist brings a new and dynamic perspective to this role." Malcolm Ward, CEO of AGN International said: "We're very pleased to welcome Neil to our board.

London 2012 helper swaps accountancy abacus for table tennis A LONG-SERVING Bromsgrove accountant who helped ensure fair play at the 2012 Olympics is swapping his times tables for table tennis for good. Martin Clark, 75, has relinquished control of Bromsgrove-based firm Martin G Clark and Co after 40 years at the helm, giving him more time to enjoy the sport he started playing as a teenager.

Smith Butler accountancy firm moves to Otley Road, Baildon A BRADFORD-BASED accountancy firm has tripled the size of its operations after moving into new premises, funded by a six-figure package.

The most challenging jobs without a degree? Solicitor, accountant and teacher ACCOUNTANCY, TEACHING and law are believed to be some of the most difficult professions to access without a university degree, according to a new survey commissioned by AAT.

Growth at York accountancy firm leads to new jobs Clive Owen LLP has grown its team as the accountancy firm gears up for a busy 2020. New partner FCCA qualified Rob Whitehead, has more than 30 years' experience in regional accountancy firms, specialises in audit, accounts and business planning. He also has specific expertise in cloud accounting and is a Xero certified adviser.

Auditors quit after being 'misled' over FAI scandal Deloitte has resigned as external auditor to the FAI after concluding it was "misled", the accountancy firm has confirmed in a filing with the Companies Registration Office.

Deloitte quits as FAI's external auditors Deloitte's specific filing in relation to the FAI said the body had contravened Sections 281 and 282 of the Companies Act 2014, which set out the rules governing how companies must maintain adequate accounting records.

Confronting tariffs: Trade war tips for CPAs For many organizations, particularly those in industries that have enjoyed low tariffs and minimal trade regulation in the past, developing an effective response to address the risks of an intensifying global trade war presents a significant challenge.

What does 5MLD mean for Accountants? The fifth anti-money laundering directive has now been passed into law with the aim of tackling the financing of terrorist groups in Europe by enforcing enhanced checks, and closely regulating cryptocurrencies and prepaid cards.

People Moves: Crowe, Mercer & Hole, Chartered IIA and more There have been several industry moves in the new year, including an interim CEO appointment at the Chartered IIA and partner promotions across the UK.

UK SMEs chasing £50bn in late payments A study led by Tide, surveying 1,000 CEOs, founders, directors, and senior management staff at SMEs has shown that small and medium size British businesses are tracking down late payments worth more than £50bn.

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Making the case for SSAP 10: Did we make any money? I don't wish to knock profit. It's important. But I also suspect that most users of accounts really do not know what it is. Some might think it's something tangible that they might see, or even physically count. But of course, it is not. It's a residual.

Order restored to private residence relief computations Helen Thornley is ATT's Technical Officer.

Technology, skills and personal brand: Accountancy professionals in 2020 Darren Buckley, Director at AJ Chambers discusses how technology is changing the accountancy profession and what skills are required to adapt.

Receipt Bank raises $73m to fund expansion North America has the largest base of accounting / bookkeeping firms across our portfolio and it is one of our largest markets." Existing investors Kennet, Insight and the CIBC were joined by new investor Augmentum, one of Europe's leading venture capital investors focusing on the fintech sector, to fund the $73m investment.

The post-Brexit Free Trade Deal the UK will get Richard Asquith is the VP of Global Indirect Tax at Avalara.

DIY claimants in an impossible position! HMRC's current policy on DIY claims is leaving claimants in an impossible position, according to a recent Tax Tribunal case.I.

Accounting software market boom to continue First-time users of accounting software had new choices from new vendors, with accountants and bookkeepers called upon to advise on software packages and combinations to their clients. But MTD was good news for established suppliers as well as the young Turks.

KPMG announce 800 news jobs across Dublin, Belfast, Cork & Galway The new roles will be divided between the company's offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway. KPMG currently employs 3,300 people in Ireland. The company said its growth is being driven by the needs of clients in technology related areas such as cyber security, digital and data analytics.

Accountancy Multi-Partner Practice The partners are very flexible, and will, where possible, fit themselves around the needs of the acquirer in the best interests of the deal. This practice, which was established in the 1970's, is available for sale due to the impending retirement of the partners.

Accountancy giant KPMG announces creation of 800 jobs The new roles, 400 of which will be for graduates, are to be based in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast.

York accountancy firm Clive Owen LLP boosts its numbers for 2020 I am delighted to welcome them to the team and look forward to working with them." Rosemary Anderson, tax partner at Clive Owen LLP in York, said: "As a firm we employ more than 100 people across three offices and are always looking for great people who want to start, or progress, a career in accountancy.

India - #CareerBytes: All your questions about Chartered Accountancy answered Chartered Accountancy is one of the most sought-after professional courses in the country. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India provides the three-level CA program.

KPMG to create 800 jobs across four offices Accountancy and consulting firm KPMG is to create 800 jobs this year. The new roles will be spread across the company's offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway. KPMG currently employs 3,300 people in Ireland, up from 2,000 six years ago.

GASB selects Mauldin & Jenkins's Black as next chair Joel Black, CPA, partner-in-charge of the audit practice at the accounting firm Mauldin and Jenkins LLC in Atlanta, will succeed David Vaudt as the chair of GASB. Black's seven-year, nonrenewable appointment will take effect on July 1, and he will join GASB in a few months to help facilitate a smooth leadership transition.

FTT Procedure & Directions The FTT released the decision in Ecko Limited T/A Subway. HMRC had assessed for around £1m in 2014. There seems to be an earlier assessment in dispute too. The taxpayer's original Appeal contained reference to the John Pimblett decision from 1988, which has now been superseded.

Government announces review into IR35 The new rules which will see companies responsible for assessing whether a contractor should be considered a full-time employee in the eyes of HMRC.

Technology isn't the problem, how we use it is In 1930, a British economist, John Maynard Keynes explored the economic possibilities of his grandchildren. In the middle of the depression, he predicted that in 100 years' time, by 2030, society would barely need to work. He estimated people would be working 15 hours a week.

Accounting with the family: Can work and family life co-exist? When I started my practice 21 years ago from the kitchen table with one client, I had no idea that the business would have grown to such an extent that out of a team of nine, seven of them are from my own family. I realise that I am in a fortunate position, with children who wanted to get involved in the business.

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Bishop Fleming to move to new flagship office Accountancy and advisory business Bishop Fleming has announced plans to move its Bristol office to a new flagship base in the city in 2020. Currently based in Queen Square, it is taking 13,000 sq ft, comprising the whole top floor and roof terrace of 10 Templeback.

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2020 Predictions: Industry transparency is life or death for accountancy In 2020, accountancy firms need to focus on transparency and trust to mitigate the impact of industry mishaps like Patisserie Valerie and Thomas Cook.

How to spot bright new accountancy talent As in this profession, we need to broaden our horizon to these types of skills that are necessary." Within the accountancy practice, the image of the ideal candidate has changed, in which recruiters now seek individuals who have a thirst for overcoming risks and are willing to make difficult decisions.

Tribe Payments announces Telleroo as first Bankbox customer Direct access to banking services streamlines workflows for accountancy firms. London, 7th January 2020 - Tribe Payments, a team of industry experts dedicated to delivering the future of payments, has announced the first implementation of its new Bankbox service.

Accounting for cloud computing: What you need to know But another new FASB standard - on cloud computing costs associated with a service arrangement - became effective for public business entities in fiscal years beginning on or after Dec. 15, 2019, and will take effect for all other entities for reporting periods beginning after Dec.

The Big Interview: Johnston Carmichael chief executive Andrew Walker Andrew Walker, boss of Scottish accountancy heavyweight Johnston Carmichael, chose to pursue a career in the industry after hearing that being a Scottish chartered accountant would serve as a passport to travel the world. "I've managed to move all of 16 miles so far," the Inverurie native says wryly.

Loan Charge reforms backed by independent review and HMRC An independent review into the Loan Charge, conducted by Sir Amyas Morse, offers recommendations on how HMRC can update their policies on the Charge.

The hell of tax returns: Are you ready for another January? Many accountants take January in their stride and while it may be a little bit more hectic due to that pesky HMRC deadline, they have their practice running tickety-boo and more importantly "they have got their clients well trained".

New Year's resolutions: How to achieve your 2020 practice goals Have you chosen your new year's resolution yet? Mine's to start going to the gym. I've written it down so you can hold me to it, but I'm pretty confident I'll do it because it's a SMART goal.

Zero rating for EU Removals Did you see this pre-Christmas announcement? We have already seen a few brief VAT-themed SIs released since the election. This one has been waiting 'in the wings' since December 2018! SI 2019/1509 has the anonymous title of The Value Added Tax Regulations 2019.

Why you should say no to clients When I started my practice, I had a few tough clients; you might call them hard-nosed negotiators. To them, I'm sure it was some kind of sport to see if they could beat me down on price, and pay me later and later.

Why corporate purpose is the charitable sector's biggest opportunity in 2020 Donna Bulmer, Haines Watts' charitable expert who is trustee to a number of non-profit organisations gives her top 5 tips for charities that want to work more with the private sector.

Audit quality: Why do FRC fines keep increasing? As the value of fines on audit firms issued by the FRC increases, experts reflect on why the approach has changed and its impact on the industry.

Part 1: Tax Opportunities for Technology Businesses - Starting - Menzies What are the business tax opportunities for new technology businesses? We explore the value of EIS and SEIS tax schemes.

Part 3: Tax Opportunities for Technology Businesses - Exit - Menzies What are the business tax opportunities for mature technology businesses? We explore the owner/ shareholder factors when exiting a business.

Part 2: Tax Opportunities for Technology Businesses - Growth - Menzies What are the business tax opportunities for growing technology businesses? We explore the value of R&D tax credits and EMI share schemes.

These BYU students officially have the highest ranking in the country Are you a BYU accounting student? You’ll probably pass the exam the first time.

Accountants help in drive for fresh blood in Hartlepool Baldwins specialises in accountancy and business advisory services, including corporate finance and specialist tax advice to all businesses from start-ups to mature companies, across a broad range of business sectors. For more information about its services, visit

Accountancy firm hired by Sports Direct's Mike Ashley bungles its audit The accountancy firm hired by Mike Ashley to audit his retail empire has ditched its own top management after finding problems in their own accounts. RSM removed its chief executive and finance and chief operating officers just before Christmas, it has emerged.

Sports Direct auditor RSM informs regulator and replaces management after internal accounting error The new auditor for retail chain Sports Direct has cleared out its top management team and informed the audit regulator after discovering an error in its own accounts. Challenger accountancy firm RSM scored a coup last year when it was appointed as auditor to FTSE 250 retailer Sports Direct.

Fast-track accountancy for Aberdeen students Aberdeen students will be offered a fast-track option to become professional accountants. An accountancy body has teamed up with Aberdeen University to mould students into chartered certified finance professionals. ACCA will deliver an accelerated programme to members of the university business school.

India - #CBSE2020: How to score over 90% in Class 12 Accountancy? For many Class 12 students, belonging to the Commerce stream, preparing for the Accountancy board examination can be a daunting task. While it is a bit tricky, Accountancy is one of the most scoring subjects. With the right planning, proper preparation, and regular practice, students can get a good score.

Immediate action required to meet new AML legislation It comes into effect on 10th January, so companies will not have long to prepare. "It is the need for electronic verification that is likely to take most people by surprise.

Reduced reduced rate for energy saving materials! I disagreed with the European Commission when it first challenged the UK's reduced rate provisions for installation of energy saving materials for charities and domestic properties. As I recall, the reduced rate for charities was abolished back in 2013.

Shoring up network cybersecurity for the 2020 tax season With 2020 tax season fast approaching, how can accountants ensure their IT networks are secure against the many cyber-threats facing businesses today?

Bradford accountancy firm, Watson Buckle, appoints two new directors for 2020 BRADFORD accountancy firm Watson Buckle has appointed two new directors as part of its plans for growth.

My Year: 2019 I do not know how I should sum up the year. I will have a go and try my best. Please allow some leeway. It has been some time since I last blogged. I may be out of practice. The year. 2019 was a year in which there was a major shift in the direction of my life.

SEC proposes updating auditor independence rules The proposal is designed to permit relationships and services that trigger breaches of the current rules even though they do not pose threats to an auditor's objectivity and impartiality, according to an SEC news release.

IRS issues 2020 standard mileage rates On the last day of 2019, the IRS issued the standard mileage rates for 2020 for business, charitable, medical, or moving expense purposes, as well as other deduction amounts.

2020 Predictions: New skills needed for industry survival From soft skill development to training in automation software, accountants need to learn several new skills in 2020 to stay ahead of the game.

What is ARGA? Brydon makes recommendations for stronger audit regulator He says that ARGA should facilitate the establishment of this new profession, and should be the regulator of it. Brydon's report states: "Auditing is too important to be left to an adjunct of another profession: it should be an independent profession in its own right, with its own governing principles, qualifications and standards.

The Cost of Automation: Is There a Price To Pay? The allure of automation in all industries is very real. The promise of cutting down on workload, all while slicing costs, is not a prospect any savvy business owner is likely to shy away from. But as with all things in life, there is a cost to automation.

5 ways to revitalise your finances in 2020 So what are your New Year's resolutions for 2020? Get healthy or active? Take up a new hobby? Or perhaps get your finances on track? Money management is a bit like dieting. If you resolve to live on kale smoothies for the month of January, you'll probably be down the kebab shop with Auld Lang Syne still ringing in your ears.

2020: Predictions for the year ahead in accountancy It may just be me but new year's resolutions tend to be both ephemeral and tedious. I have no intention of joining a gym, will not give up smoking and cannot imagine getting through 2020 without imbibing at least a small quantity of alcohol.

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Accountancy firm Johnston Carmichael ready for changes in industry Johnston Carmichael boss Andrew Walker expects Brexit and the UK Government's Making Tax Digital ambitions to keep his growing team busy next year. The Aberdeen-based accountancy firm had an eventful 2019, opening new offices in Dundee and London - its first outside Scotland.

Copywriting for finance in 2020: This meme's war One project should have one clear goal or your message is going to get muddled. Where are your actual audience consuming your current communications? A lot of firms come to me having poured big money into a video that now sits on three views. Be brutally honest about what's a nice idea and what's effective.

Shareholders at war: Court influenced by expert accountant on true value of business The judge observed that “at times the complaints have seemed more suited to a defended divorce than an unfair prejudice petition”.

AICPA proposes updates to material tested on CPA Exam The AICPA is proposing changes to the CPA Exam Blueprints to update the subject matter tested on the CPA Exam to ensure it continues to focus on the core knowledge and skills required of newly licensed CPAs.

Quiz of the Year: Are you accountant enough to get 10/10? Are you accountant enough to ace the Accountancy Age year-end quiz? It's 10 questions, covering some of the biggest headlines we've seen throughout 2019.

Senior promotion marks further growth for leading North West accountancy firm A North West-based national accountancy and business advisory firm has bolstered its leadership team with a senior promotion.

New Place of Supply rules - chain supplies HMRC announced this change when many businesses had closed for the Christmas break. The rules take effect from 1 January 2020.

Qualified opportunity zone regs. finalized The IRS on Thursday issued final regulations providing guidance on tax-favored investments in qualified opportunity zones.

Merry gentlemen - Reworked carol as sung by HMRC We nick ye merry gentlemen and confiscate your sleigh For using it to bootleg booze and ciggies from Calais To you we're wise, you've dodg…

EXCLUSIVE: RSM UK restructures its C-Suite, removing CEO and CFO Multiple C-suite members have suddenly moved away from their positions, indicating major changes are on the accountancy firm's horizon.

A look back at 2019 for Haines Watts As we head into 2020, we are taking a moment to look back at 2019 and everything that Haines Watts and our people have achieved. Haines Watts has risen one place in the Accountancy Age Top 50 firms to be the 12th largest firm in the UK.

Accountancy and advisory firm BDO to take on 25 trainees ACCOUNTANCY and business advisory firm BDO is set to recruit 25 new trainees in Scotland next year.

Year-end government spending bill contains many tax provisions The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, H.R. 1865, passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 297-120 and the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 71-23. It now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. The three repealed health care taxes are the Sec.

EY's Jones to succeed Golden as FASB chair Richard Jones, who has spent 32 years at EY, will succeed Russell Golden as FASB's chair when Golden's term expires at the end of June, the Financial Accounting Foundation board of trustees announced Thursday. Jones will join FASB early next year to enable an orderly leadership transition.

Staffordshire accountancy firm appoints new management team A local accountancy firm which has supported business owners for more than 100-years has a new management team. From its King Street office in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Chartered Accountants Dean Statham deal with all aspects of accountancy, taxation and business planning.

5th Circuit invalidates health care law's individual mandate The Fifth Circuit held on Wednesday that the "individual mandate" under Sec. 5000A, which imposes a "shared responsibility payment" on taxpayers who do not obtain health insurance that provides at least minimum essential coverage, is unconstitutional now that the payment amount has been reduced to zero.

Self Assessment Tax Due Shocker - How much? Each year as Self Assessment Tax Returns are prepared and tax calculations made gasps of "HOW MUCH" can be heard around the country. It never ceases to amaze me that many self employed are shocked by their tax bill with little understanding of how much profit they've made in the year.

IR35: Tory MPs write to Chancellor In his letter to Javid, MP for Wokingham John Redwood said that many of his constituents had expressed concerns before and during the recent election about the implementation of changes to IR35 that are due to come into effect on the 6 April 2020.

Accountancy firm recognised for commitment to employee development A leading accountancy firm has been recognised for its commitment to developing its employees by a global industry body. Burgis and Bullock has been awarded Platinum Level Approved Employer status by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

What are the top finance salary rises of 2019? Changing market conditions and digital transformation throughout the sector have caused accountancy and finance employers to struggle over the last year to find the talent they need.

Millennials have grown up - but is accountancy ready for their children? But my view and that of several forward-thinking accountancy practices, is we need to keep our eyes even further ahead, to the lesser-known generation alpha - anyone born after 2010. Leading the way in preparing his practice for the future is David Jones, chartered accountant and director of innovation at Lewis Brownlee.

35 Under 35 2019: 10 - 6 revealed! View our 2018 rankings here.

SEC proposes expanding access to private markets Opportunities for investment would be expanded for some investors under the proposal, which also has the potential to increase the amount of capital available to presenters of private offerings.

Accountancy body raises concerns over proposed shake-up of audit industry A sweeping shake-up of audit firms could end in failure if it is rushed through, the industry body for accountants claims. Major reforms proposed in a review by Sir Donald Brydon risk piling too much pressure on regulators and the industry if they happen too fast, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Self-Employed Tax: Dummies Guide to Tax and Self Employement If you were self-employed during the previous tax year, and this being your first year of business, you hadn't got around to telling HM Revenue, you need to tell HMRC you were self-employed during the time before October 5th. This is to allow them time to register you for self-employed tax and assess your tax liability.

Generation Z: How to futureproof your business Generation Z, known as the 'always on' generation, are those aged between 18 and 24 who are slowly making up a chunk of the workplace.

Australia ODI team announced for India tour Australia's ODI squad has been announced for next month's tour of India. Middle-order batsman Marnus Labuschen surprised everyone by his strong performance in the test cricket succeeded in getting a place in the team. Labushen, who got a place in the 14-member team, could get a chance to make his ODI career debut in the series against India.

Brydon review calls for 'urgent reform' The year-long review into the British audit industry, undertaken by Sir Donald Brydon, recommends a breakaway from the accounting profession and the formation of a separate industry with its own governing principles.

Are concept stores a good bet for retailers? Why the rise of online sales has forced many retailers to rethink their business strategies. Businesses could take advantage of the growing appetite for experiential retail, with pop-up and concept stores, potentially boosting profitability over the festive season and throughout the year ahead.

Genuine cloud or cloud cuckoo land? Hardly a day goes by without accountants reading about the cloud or being approached by companies professing to offer cloud-based services for different areas of their businesses. But there's an issue: a lot of the cloud providers emerging today aren't genuinely 'cloud' at all, but a hybrid of cloud and legacy technology.

The potential of a throwaway election promise The ignorant may believe the overused message of "Get Brexit done" will be the life-changer that everyone will take away from the landslide result in the general election. It is astonishing how many millions are seduced by hype.

Former head of LSE: 'All the actors in the audit process bear some measure of responsibility' The chairman of a government review into the audit sector says the profession 'has lost its way.' Sir Donald Brydon said the system was not broken, but was in need of 'significant reform' to restore confidence in the audit sector following a number of scandals in recent years.

Accountancy firm closes its Burnham-On-Sea branch but avoids job losses Accountants Albert Goodman have closed their Burnham-On-Sea branch and moved into a larger premises in Weston. The firm confirmed that their branch in College Street, Burnham, pictured here, has shut and that all staff have been re-located.

Christmas opening hours Here are our office opening hours over the festive period. Merry Christams and a Happy New Year from all of the team at Boox!

Accountancy firm partners with London-based SME funding marketplace A top 25 accountancy firm has announced a new partnership with a small business funding marketplace. HW Fisher has teamed up with London-based marketplace Funding Xchange in order to provide its clients with access to a range of debt funders.

If you carry on doing what you've always done…. I then explained why, in our world, it's false. However, to this day, many accountants implicitly adopt this mindset when they resist the opportunity to do things differently in their practice. This is most often clear when they resist new technology, refuse to change their systems or avoid adopting modern new processes.

FRC hones in on bosses in attempt to prevent accountancy scandals The Financial Reporting Council is planning a drastic change to rules governing company boards which will place more responsibility on directors to vouch for the integrity of their financial controls. The changes arrive in response to the scandals at Carillion, Patisserie Valerie, M&C Saatchi and Ted Baker.

2020 and beyond: Tech trends and human outcomes The machines won't be perfect either, seeing as they're created by humans, they end up with some human problems as a result, algorithmic bias will be one of the defining challenges of 2020 and beyond and it's going to take a lot of human effort to get all of us to a point where we can trust our lives to the algorithms alone.

Is compliance the golden egg for accountants? One thing is for certain: the world of compliance is changing and, as a result of these changes, so are the fees accountants can charge for it. What is important is to do compliance and to do it well. So where do we start? First of all, it is important to define what exactly we mean as compliance.

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Accountancy regulator clamps down on audit conflicts The accountancy regulator has announced measures to clamp down on auditors' conflicts of interest by limiting the services they can provide to clients. The Financial Reporting Council said auditors would be barred from selling clients recruitment or pay services or playing a part in management decision-making.

How to handle accounting for digital assets Questions and answers related to this issue are included in a free practice aid published Monday by the AICPA that provides nonauthoritative guidance on how to handle accounting questions related to digital assets. The practice aid addresses 10 questions about how to account for digital assets under GAAP.

Guidance issued on payments to charitable organizations 1.162-15 to more clearly reflect the current state of the law regarding a taxpayer's payment or transfer to a Sec. 170 entity. If the taxpayer's payment or transfer bears a direct relationship to its trade or business, and the payment is made with a reasonable expectation of commensurate financial return, the payment or transfer to the Sec.

How small Ipswich software firm managed to pass huge customer milestone An Ipswich software firm has signed up its 150,000th customer.

35 Under 35 2019: 35 - 27 revealed! The Accountancy Age 35 Under 35 rankings seek to highlight the rising stars of the accountancy profession, featuring those who have made great professional contributions to the field and their individual firms.

Employment status tool is good for the low paid There has been wide criticism of earlier versions of HMRC's check employment status for tax tool. However, HMRC has now enhanced it, with help from the low incomes tax reform group. For many of LITRG's constituents, the new version is an improvement.

Getting Brexit done I don't know why but seeing Boris Johnson celebrating his election victory when I woke up on Friday morning, my mind instantly presented recollection of another Conservative Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain cheerily informing the nation that he had achieved "peace in our time".

Firm's 'humanist' approach to graduate scheme led to BAAs win At the 2019 British Accountancy Awards, Sterling Finance won the graduate and non-graduate programme of the year award, and did so in a category that included KPMG, Kingston Smith and Seimens. These firms, which feature in the Top 20 of Accountancy Age's 50+50 list, have multi-million-pound incomes.

Community, Cashflow & Self Care: Xerocon London 19 Community, Cashflow and Self Care: My Top Three Takeaways from XeroCon London 2019. This year's London Xerocon was bursting with 3,000 attendees. Over two days, members of the Xero community exchanged ideas and dove into the new game-changing accounting technology that's coming in 2020.

What's next for potential CPA licensure changes A new model proposed by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the AICPA is designed with an eye on the future for newly licensed CPAs. Carl Mayes, CPA, AICPA associate director-CPA Quality and Evolution, provides background on the project and a look ahead to 2020.

What accountants can learn from Boris Perhaps you had to hold your nose to vote for Boris last Thursday perhaps you are a natural Tory. It makes no odds as he is now working on your behalf. Boris Johnson bet the farm and it paid off. I am not advocating taking huge risks with your practice, after all you are accountants.

Practice round-up: RRL and DSG Accountancy Age's weekly round-up of practice news, including new teams, acquisitions and office moves accross the UK accountancy industry.

Finance, accountancy and law firms have joined forces to organise Business Four North Wales LEADING finance, accountancy and law firms have joined forces to give talks and advice at a series of free business events. Edward Hughes Solicitors, Bowden Financial Planning, Knox Commercial and Insolvency Solicitors and Williams Denton Accountants are among the most recognised and respected companies in North Wales.

Why self assessment stress is all your fault If you take part in the January busy season, which for some means dealing with low quality work and even lower quality fees, then I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you have no one else to blame but yourself. "But, it's the clients' fault," you might protest.

Why is it so hard to get reliable data from accounts? I was in discussion with a reasonably heavyweight fund manager recently. He was bemoaning the state of accounting. His complaint came in three parts. The first was that accounting was unreliable. The second was that it was inconsistent. And the third was that it was hard to identify when this mattered.

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2020 Predictions: RPA, AI set to become everyday tools for UK firms The last few years of the decade saw a leap in automation adaptation, but 2020 is set to be a landmark year for the average accountant’s RPA and AI usage.

PCAOB's 2020 inspection focus and audit quality tips revealed The PCAOB's inspections of audit firms in 2020 will continue to focus on areas that have been challenging for firms in recent years, George Botic, CPA, the PCAOB's director of Registration and Inspections, said Wednesday.

KPMG pays partners £240k less than rival Deloitte after year of turmoil KPMG's 623 UK partners bagged an average of £640,000 each - more than £240,000 less than their best-paid peers at Deloitte - as the firm splurged on improvements to 'rebuild trust' in its audit arm.

Election 2019: How should I vote? The other evening, when a colleague was working out of hours, she just happened to overhear a couple of colleagues chatting by the coffee machine and turned on the recorder on her mobile phone. One was in his 50s and the other was second-generation immigrant from the subcontinent and newly qualified.

M&C Saatchi crisis continues as company leaders flee The accounting mistakes of M&C Saatchi have sent shockwaves through the company, affecting stock, public standing and leadership.

Huge gap in supply of short term loans Daniel Tannenbaum, Co-Founder - Tudor Lodge Consultants addresses the economics behind the high cost short term lending industry.

Podcast: Inside Accountancy Episode 8 - Cheesecake and superpowers In the latest episode of our Inside Accountancy podcast, Accountancy Age's Editor Austin Clark talks to Caroline Plumb OBE, founder and CEO of Fluidly, about the rise and rise of automation and digitisation across the sector.

FASB addressing liabilities and equity complexity, goodwill An effort to reduce complexity and a potentially challenging debate are imminent for FASB as board Chairman Russell Golden nears the end of his term.

Partnership capital reporting requirements postponed until 2020 Responding to concerns that some partnerships required to report capital account information may be unable to comply, the IRS is postponing the requirement to report partners' shares of partnership capital on the tax-basis method for 2019 until 2020.

AICPA seeks feedback on insurance working drafts When completed, the drafts will be included in AICPA Auditing and Accounting Guides. Working drafts related to FASB's new credit losses standard will be included in the Life and Health Insurance Entities guide, the new Allowance for Credit Losses guide, and the Property and Liability Insurance Entities guide.

Begbies Traynor posts strong half year results In addition, the assets acquired in the first half of the year are expected to contribute to earnings in the second half and that the aggregate impact of placing and acquisitions are anticipated to enhance earnings in the current year and thereafter.

Proposed CPA licensure model emphasizes core plus disciplines A newly proposed CPA licensure model developed by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the AICPA is designed to help newly licensed CPAs learn the skills and competencies they will need in the workplace of the future.

Haines Watts supporting RED January this Christmas That's why Haines Watts is supporting RED January, the campaign run by the UK's leading mental health charity Mind. Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

ASB proposes conforming amendments, addresses practice issues The AICPA Auditing Standards Board proposed amendments Tuesday that would conform sections of its codification to its recently issued standards on auditor reporting and the auditor's responsibilities relating to other information included in annual reports.

Election & audit reform - party stances While the Conservative Party manifesto does not explicitly mention any of the recommendations made by the CMA, it does commit to reform the 'audit regime'.

SME waiting time for late payments doubles The time UK SMEs spent waiting for late payments has nearly doubled over the past 12 months, according to a report by MarketFinance. In 2018, the average late payment was 12 days behind schedule, but in 2019 that increased to 23 days, the report said.

Telleroo streamlines payments for accountancy firms with Moorwand The company is the latest to select Moorwand for its e-money issuing and digital banking access. Telleroo brings the speed, simplicity and ease of the consumer fintech user experience to accountancy firms and bookkeepers.

OTS: Roll out that big block of cheese I have looked before at the Office of Tax Simplification's work on small business and landlords' tax. They have now produced a fuller report "Tax reporting and payment: Simplifying tax for self-employed people and residential landlords". The OTS suggests the next government should commission further work by them or by HMRC in three areas:.

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Accountancy firm Grant Thornton and one of its partners hit with fines for audit failures Accountancy firm Grant Thornton was today fined £650,000 and one of its partners £20,000 for failures in the auditing of a publicly listed company. Regulator the Financial Reporting Council said it had sanctioned the firm with a £650,000 fine and one of its partners £20,000.

Revenue recognition tips from the SEC staff Labeling multiple goods and services provided to a customer as a "solution" does not eliminate a company's responsibility to identify and report separate performance obligations under FASB's new revenue recognition standard, SEC Professional Accounting Fellow Susan Mercier, CPA, said Monday.

How critical audit matters relate to critical accounting estimates Auditors of the largest public companies have included critical audit matters in their reports for the first time. Here are some of the SEC’s observations based on those reports.

Nominate your story of the decade As the decade comes to a close, Accountancy Age wants to know what our readers remember as the most scandalous, impactful, and memorable industry stories over the past 10 years. Were you impacted by changes in tax law, or the effect that the FRC's rulings have had throughout the years?

The top UK accounting scandals of 2019 Looking back on the 2019 financial scandals and fraudulent accounting of the Big Four and beyond that made headlines and instigated industry change.

Are emails ruining your life? The question of how long a client should expect to wait for an answer to an email sparked a flurry of responses when it was recently posed in Any Answers. And it's no surprise, of course. There is still a prevailing culture left over from our industrial past that activity equals productivity.

How to ignore the naysayers Much to my dismay, the feeble attempt I had made at starting my own home-based office did not get approval from some people. Benedetto Accounts and Tax was founded with very little financial investment, which is now a possibility if you want to open a cloud-based practice.

Alison Houck CPA to serve on national accountancy board The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy announced Alison Houck, CPA, of Rehoboth Beach will serve on its 2019-20 board of directors as Middle Atlantic regional director. She was installed into office during NASBA's 112th Annual Meeting in Boston.

People Moves: RSM, Duff & Phelps, Avalara and more Our weekly round-up of the accountancy industry’s people moves, featuring companies from across the UK - RSM, Duff and Phelps, Avalara and more firm.

Who are accounts actually for? There was a time when it was easy to decide to whom an accountant reported: the law said it was the shareholders. The audit report was addressed to them. And in practice, the accountant liaised with the directors and/or owners of the entity that they were working for, and pretty much delivered what they wanted.

Do you really need certified copies of that? Accountants frequently ask new clients to either bring their passport into the office or to supply certified copies. It's a requirement of t…

Accountancy giant KPMG announces plans to move to Aberdeen's Marischal Square An accountancy firm has confirmed it will be moving its Aberdeen office into Marischal Square. Around 140 staff from KPMG will share the fourth floor of 1MSQ with the NHS's National Services Scotland team.

ASB aligns with other US standard setters on materiality Under new standards issued Thursday by the AICPA Auditing Standards Board, the description of materiality used in the AICPA standards will substantially match the description used by the U.S. judicial system, the PCAOB, the SEC, and FASB.

Accountancy firm recognises Inverurie employee With a varied portfolio of corporate and unincorporated business, Inverurie's Emma Waterman has been promoted to partner after just three years with the company. She joined Johnston Carmichael in 2016 and became a director in 2017, taking over the leadership of the Inverurie office earlier this year.

Election Thoughts, and What you can do to Prepare? A Conservative led government plans to maintain the existing income tax rates of while increasing the amount of tax-free income you can earn before they become chargeable, while several of the other parties wish to increase income tax by varying amounts, and on varying forms of income.

Tax avoidance under scrutiny Only a couple of weeks ago, this column highlighted what appeared to be an error by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who seemed unable to differentiate between tax avoidance and tax evasion.

New standard adds flexibility for agreed-upon procedures The barriers preventing CPAs from performing engagements providing certain agreed-upon procedures were removed when the AICPA Auditing Standards Board issued a standard providing more flexibility to practitioners.

Two new partners and directors named at accountancy firm Accountancy and business advisory firm Johnston Carmichael has promoted two staff to partner and another two to director. The firm's Inverurie office head Emma Waterman becomes a partner along with Edinburgh-based Stewart Pennington, who works in the food and drink team.

Enhancing and enabling global financial reporting With many finance departments looking for further ways to drive savings and efficiencies, the standardisation and automation of statutory financial reporting presents another opportunity through shared services.

Economic outlook: Not too hot, not too cold Economy's performance over the next year, and they felt even stronger about their own companies, according to the latest Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey, released Thursday by the AICPA. The survey respondents, mainly CFOs and controllers, remain more guarded about the global economy.

Why Accountancy Jobs Will Never Lose Steam In every business, ledgers, bank reconciliation statements, profit and loss statements and income and balance sheets present an unbiased picture of the financial position of an organization.

Accountancy body launches apprenticeship scheme for school leavers Employers will pay apprentices the national minimum wage - €19,000 per annum - and offer three week's paid study leave per year during the programme. ATI sources and screens applicants and then refers them to employers for interview. It is currently seeking employers interested in participating in the programme, which will begin on January 14th.

PwC review finds M&C Saatchi accounting errors totalling £11.6m Following an audit and finalisation, PwC's review of the company's situation will be ready by March 2020.

Why you need to build a future fit practice today Wolters Kluwer has worked hard to prove that the use of technology gives rise to greater efficiency and productivity by providing expert solutions to its customers during these uncertain times. By future-proofing their practice, firms have attained an increase in both productivity and efficiency, a positive journey which many have shared.

Video: Trust in audit and technology - an Accountancy Age panel debate In this panel debate, guest speakers discuss the challenges faced by the audit industry today while focusing on the lack of trust in audit and technology amid the collapse of many UK businesses that highlighted the absence of government intervention.

What Dividends do you put on your Self Assessment? As well as doing all of the filing of accounts and Corporation Tax Returns for your Limited Company, if you have untaxed income such as Dividends upon which Dividend Tax is due, you will need to complete a Self Assessment Tax Return. The Self Assessment Tax return is completed by an individual.

HMRC debt collection - long arms! The FTT decision in Ivan Yanev concerns an application for a very late Appeal, ultimately Struck Out. The decision narrates the long story, with Mr Yanev dealing in used catalytic converters, making a lot of money doing so, but failing to register and declare VAT.

Creative accounting: Don't put investors off It almost goes without saying that investors need to have a certain risk appetite. However, if your business lacks sufficient and appropriate controls then investors will either not invest in you, or not invest at a favourable valuation to your business.

Government to fund Ireland women's team through third party The Government is to provide the almost €200,000 in funding that is due to the FAI in support of the women's national team, but the money is to be handled by accountancy firm BDO, with the payment being made on the basis that none of it will at any stage end up in an association bank account.

BEAT regs. are finalized, new regs. are proposed The IRS on Monday issued detailed guidance on the Sec. 59A base-erosion and anti-abuse tax, which was added to the Code by the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, P.L. 115-97. Monday's regulations finalize proposed regulations from December 2018 and detail which taxpayers are subject to Sec.

Podcast: Inside Accountancy Episode 7 - Alternative Finance As accountants take on a more advisory role, understanding alternative finance and how to access it could prove a good method of adding value to a firm.

How SMEs can weather political headwinds Wherever you stand on the issue of Brexit, there's no question that it'll mean uncertainty. Uncertainty not just in local economic terms, but in terms of the impact it will have on your supply chain and income streams as the Sterling gets caught in the crossfire of the UK's political turmoil.

KPMG UK launches new audit only apprenticeship We're now rolling that programme out fully for our class of 2020, and we're expecting numbers on that programme to double year on year at least. It's a great opportunity for people not only to join KPMG but to join our audit practice without having had a degree already.

Accountancy firm supports festival in tribute to team members A North West accounting and business advisory firm has shown its support for a charity Christmas festival after the cause provided end of life care to members of its team.

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Deadline for health care information statements extended The IRS announced Monday that it is extending the due dates for sending certain health care information statements to individuals as required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148.

FitzPatrick 'at pin of his collar' as he's barred as accountant Former Anglo Irish Bank chief Seán FitzPatrick has "little money" and will struggle to pay a €25,000 fine handed down yesterday, his lawyer told a disciplinary tribunal.

Dear Nick: I just want confirmation of how massively I have messed up The dilemma: I am probably a salutary tale of lack of networking nous and a fear of moving out of my comfort zone. I'm an 'older person', a graduate of languages, with 15 plus years of working in accounts assistant roles. But I finally got my stuff together and studied, sat and passed AAT and subsequently CPA professional exams.

FCA: Adviser charging an 'emotive' subject Gupta's comments bring a timely reminder of the importance of the human side of working with clients and recognising that each case is different.

IR35: Chancellor makes review pledge Javid and the Conservatives are not the first party to pledge a review into IR35. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP have made commitments to review the extension of IR35 rules into the private sector. The Liberal Democrats and SNP have also both pledged to stop the Loan Charge.

Will the Big Four pull the plug on audit? If you ask the average person on the street what accountants are supposed to do, one of the most common answers will be to audit companies' accounts.

2020 Vision: the outlook for Corporation Tax Emma Rawson from Association of Taxation Technicians looks ahead for the key potential changes for corporation tax in 2020.

Seán FitzPatrick fined €25,000 and banned from practicing as a chartered accountant Former Anglo Irish Bank chief Seán FitzPatrick was fined €25,000 and banned from practicing as a chartered accountant at a professional tribunal today.

Seán FitzPatrick expelled from accountant association Seán FitzPatrick has been expelled from Chartered Accountants Ireland after a disciplinary tribunal found he had brought discredit on himself and his profession. The former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank accepted an allegation put forward by the CAI's conduct committee in relation to the temporary transfer of loans valued at up to €122m in 2007.

Is MTD a solution to an old way of working? Thus, is MTD a solution to an old way of working? Unlike some countries - Brazil is one - MTD's main goal is not to combat fraud. Rather, HMRC intends to reduce the number of errors made in tax returns. Brian Palmer, Managing Director of Tax Policy Advice, said: "MTD in the UK is there to reduce errors in the system.

Accountancy and audit profession faces major reform Improved transparency and better public oversight are among the benefits of new EU regulations covering auditors.

New recruits bolster growing accountancy A growing accountancy firm has welcomed three new members to its team. Ulverston-based JF Hornby - twice named UK Accountants of the Year - has appointed the trio to bolster its payroll, admin and general accounting departments. Andrea Kershaw has just joined the team after spending eight years at the Lakeside Hotel.

People Moves: ACCA elections, Chiene + Tait, and Newby Castleman As the ACCA names its 2019-20 president, vice president and deputy president, UK firms expand their talent base with Chair and Manager appointments.

What happens if a limited company goes bust? If this is the case and your limited company isn't active, you won't need to make outstanding payments, especially regarding business taxes, tax returns, VAT, PAYE and any other considerations that would have affected you if you'd started trading.

Bokio, the Swedish startup simplifying accountancy with AI, raises €4 million round led by Creandum Bokio, the Swedish based startup which utilises artificial intelligence to simplify bookkeeping for small businesses, sole traders, and freelancers, has raised €4 million.

Two-thirds of accountants set to outsource services to remain competitive The traditional outsourcing staples like bookkeeping and payroll have been joined by a selection of more specialist service providers, which research suggests is a substantial desire for both accountants and their firms." "Outsourcing provides an exciting opportunity for accountants, particularly as client expectations continue to evolve and grow.

Accountancy on the move: How to take UK qualifications worldwide Looking for a change of pace? Thanks to reciprocal agreements worldwide, UK accounting qualifications, like ACA, ACCA and CPA, are valid in many countries.

Wilson takes chair at accountancy firm Chiene+Tait Former Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson has been appointed chairman of accountancy firm Chiene+Tait. Dr Wilson spent eight years at the helm of the economic development agency before unexpectedly stepping down in 2017.

Accountancy firm brings Lena Wilson on board Former Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson is taking on a new role as chairwoman of Chiene + Tait, the accountancy firm has announced. Ms Wilson, 55, spent eight years as CEO of the national enterprise agency before stepping down in 2017.

Dec 2019: Self assessment - bigger than politics It would be a push to diagnose an outbreak of election fever among AccountingWEB members, but politics showed up prominently our monthly trend radar during.

The importance of forecasting for SMEs SMEs and their accountants can benefit from forecasts and seeking out alternative finance sources, according to Caple's managing partner, Dominic Buch.

Small businesses urged to implement Open Banking Small businesses lack awareness of the banking revolution, two years after the introduction of Open Banking, new research led by Intuit Quickbooks has revealed. While most small businesses owners have heard of Open Banking, almost half are unable to explain the term or do not fully understand its meaning, according to the study.

Former SE chief Lena Wilson to become accountancy firm chair Former Scottish Enterprise chief Lena Wilson has been appointed chair at Edinburgh-headquartered accountancy firm Chiene + Tait. Wilson, renowned as one of Scotland's most experienced business leaders, will add the position to her portfolio of high-profile existing appointments.

Bokio, the Swedish startup aiming to simplify accountancy with AI, raises €4M Bokio, the Swedish based startup which utilises artificial intelligence to simplify bookkeeping for small businesses, sole traders, and freelancers, has raised €4M.

Can a sole trader have employees? For example, working as a sole trader means that you are entitled to keep all the profits of the business after tax but are also personally responsible for any losses. If you're considering setting up as a sole trader, you might be wondering whether or not you can hire employees.

Should practices have Black Friday deals? It is hard to believe that any reader might not be aware that Black Friday will be upon this at the end of this week.

Can I claim for my clothing? Emily Coltman from FreeAgent guides you through if you're able to claim your clothing costs through your business. This blog has been provided by FreeAgent. View the full image at FreeAgent. The copyright of these blogs belongs to Elaine Clark of and MUST NOT be reproduced without her express permission.

FINANCIAL ADVICE: The changing face of accountancy By Rohan Day, Partner, Armstrong Watson. THE world is changing - and faster than ever. This is mainly due to rapid advances in technology and artificial intelligence.

A look to the future of tax and practice automation As we approach the upcoming tax season, now is as good a time as any to explore the tax trends to be mindful of, and a system that firms can use to make an accountant's life easier while adding value to their firm's service offering.

EY Foundation charity supports record number of young people The EY Foundation, headed by Ernst and Young, has seen a 150% increase over the past 12 months in the number of young people and social entrepreneurs it supported, compared to last year.

CBSE Sample Question Papers for Class 12 Accountancy 2020 PDF Download Accountancy - Class XII SQP. General Instructions:. Question 1. How are the following items presented in financial statements of a Not-for - Profit organisation: - : Tournament Fund - 80,000 Tournament expenses - 14,000. Question 2.