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Pensions governance webinar
Ian Bell

22 July 2016

Review the highlights and download the presentation for our pensions governance webinar.

School holiday boost for June pub and restaurant trading

20 July 2016

Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales up 1.8% in June against the same month last year, boosted mainly by later school holidays, according to latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Weekly tax brief - 19 July 2016

20 July 2016

In this week’s tax brief, we find hidden surprises (and huge liabilities) in HMRC’s annual report, we examine the new tax dispute resolution regime and ask why HMRC is spending time and money pursuing taxpayers for innocent errors. All this and more.

Transparency is not a one way street

19 July 2016

Dispute resolution with HMRC has changed out of all recognition since the controversy over the “sweetheart” deals with Vodafone and Goldman Sachs. The latest annual report shows that while the process is a lot more rigorous, there are still a number of cases where HMRC failures have left them unable to recover tax they would otherwise have been able to collect.

Could companies selling shares get better tax exemptions?

19 July 2016

Following the surprise announcement in this year’s Budget to launch a consultation into substantial shareholding exemption, businesses will be eagerly awaiting the outcome. Will we see a better, simpler corporate tax exemption?

Hidden surprises in HMRC's annual report

19 July 2016

We’ve been delving into HMRC’s Annual Report and Accounts. It’s a magnificent production but we’ve found some surprises. There’s plenty of scope for the new management to do better.

HMRC’s ‘careless’ approach fails to topple Mr Steady

19 July 2016

HMRC continues to take a strict approach to imposing penalties, but when is a mistake ‘careless’ behaviour or genuine human error? And why is HMRC so intent on pursuing such modest amounts of penalty in such a vigorous way?

Transport and logistics threats and opportunities following Brexit

18 July 2016

Oil is sold around the world in US dollars, so a weakened sterling could have a profound impact on fuel prices, which would have immediate consequences for transport companies’ profits, whether they are airlines, shipping, haulage or distributors.

Safeguarding in the spotlight

14 July 2016

The Goddard Inquiry and new safeguarding guidance mean the coming months are imperative for schools to review their existing procedures and ensure records of past allegations are in order.

Finance function effectiveness

14 July 2016

A case study depicting how implementing an effective finance function is crucial in driving your school forwards.