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    High number of accountants are unhappy in their jobs

     January 16, 2019  Ian Moss

    Accountants can be a pretty unhappy bunch, it would seem. About one in five think about quitting every week according to some pretty enlightening research. CABA, the ICAEW’s wellbeing charity, surveyed 251 members, finding that 8 per cent think about calling it a day every day; 14 per cent consider leaving up to four times a […]

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    Route 101 to accounting enlightenment

     January 14, 2019  Ian Moss

    One of the highlights of my eventful first year producing content for Accounting Insight News was a day spent at ACCA’s London Embankment HQ with Richard Sergeant. Richard, MD of Bristol-based personal and business development group Principle Point, is a well-respected figure in the UK sphere of accountancy, marketing and software. He’s a knowledgeable observer […]

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    FRC stats illuminate the accounting profession

     January 10, 2019  Ian Moss

    I thought I’d share this informative article by Kevin Reed, a freelance journalist and consultant at practice advisers Foulger Underwood There is little fanfare around the Financial Reporting Council’s ‘state of the accounting profession’ annual stats. This is, perhaps, because they show movement in accountancy – whether the number of students or ratio of the big […]

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    MPs force rethink of controversial HMRC loan charge

       Ian Moss

    HMRC’s efforts to claw back “unpaid” taxes through its loan charge have been dealt a potentially fatal blow. A cross-party group of MPs led by Ed Davey has forced the government/Treasury to rethink the retrospective tax/anti tax avoidance measure aimed at freelancers and contractors. The aim of the loan charge, set to feature in the […]

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    How’s the future looking for HMRC?

     January 9, 2019  Ian Moss

    HMRC is upbeat in a new year progress report on its modernisation programme to “become the tax authority of the future”. An update on GOV.UK  says the revenue is “very close” to the target of 90 per cent of staff being able to move into regional hubs that will be replacing 170 local offices. The […]

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  • High number of accountants are unhappy in their jobs

    Accountants can be a pretty unhappy bunch, it would seem. About one in five think about quitting every week according to some pretty enlightening research. CABA, the ICAEW’s wellbeing charity, surveyed 251 members, finding that 8 per cent think about calling it a day every day; 14 per cent consider leaving up to four times a […]

  • Route 101 to accounting enlightenment

    One of the highlights of my eventful first year producing content for Accounting Insight News was a day spent at ACCA’s London Embankment HQ with Richard Sergeant. Richard, MD of Bristol-based personal and business development group Principle Point, is a well-respected figure in the UK sphere of accountancy, marketing and software. He’s a knowledgeable observer […]

  • MPs force rethink of controversial HMRC loan charge

    HMRC’s efforts to claw back “unpaid” taxes through its loan charge have been dealt a potentially fatal blow. A cross-party group of MPs led by Ed Davey has forced the government/Treasury to rethink the retrospective tax/anti tax avoidance measure aimed at freelancers and contractors. The aim of the loan charge, set to feature in the […]

  • How’s the future looking for HMRC?

    HMRC is upbeat in a new year progress report on its modernisation programme to “become the tax authority of the future”. An update on GOV.UK  says the revenue is “very close” to the target of 90 per cent of staff being able to move into regional hubs that will be replacing 170 local offices. The […]

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  • How accountants can drive a business forward

    Over the past 20 years I have surveyed thousands of accountancy firms and found that at least 73 per cent of their partners (the people who make their living producing annual accounts) acknowledged that there were at least five fundamental flaws in annual accounts. A few weeks ago I repeated the survey with 30 more […]

  • Any questions for people coach Joanne Wharam?

    Welcome back to our QA sessions with influential voices in the accounting sector. Today, it’s Joanne Wharam. Joanne  is a people and team development Coach, SMART Support For Business.  She is a speaker, author and coach who has worked for over 10 years helping accountants improve their businesses, their teams and ultimately their lives.  Did you go to […]

  • Guide to virtual teams and remote working … in numbers

    Here’s a nice little visual and blog from our friends at Sage… In 2017, more than 4.3 million people worked remotely in the UK. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that three quarters of these people were experienced professionals who work in the highest skilled areas of the economy. Research carried […]

  • ICAEW tax conference: from a non-accountant’s viewpoint!

    I never thought I’d hear myself saying: “I’ve just been to a chartered accountants’ conference about tax and really enjoyed it.” But that’s exactly what happened to me last Friday when I popped up to the City of London for an ICAEW event entitled Deconstructing Tax. Now, I’m not saying I understood everything that was […]

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  • BrandWatch: Elaine Clark to advise Coconut

    Award-winning accountant Elaine Clark is taking on an advisory role at Coconut, the online current account for freelancers and the self-employed. Elaine created the Cheapaccounting.co.uk franchise to make small business accounting as efficient and cost effective as possible so this move makes perfect sense. Sam O’Connor, Co-Founder and CEO says: “Coconut is bringing banking and accounting […]

  • Yorkshire Accountants opens its doors to two new starters

    Long-established Leeds accountants Thomas Coombs has welcomed two new members to its team as it continues to expand in the region. Known as the Yorkshire Accountants, the firm has been offering training places at its practice since 1878. Trainees Frances Lornie and Max Lawton will be helping a range of clients while also completing their […]

  • ‘I’d like to shake things up. Let’s embrace change, always’

    TaxCalc software group CEO Tracy Ebdon-Poole talks to Accounting Insight News Editor Ian Moss abut her career, her life and her ambitions… The here and now…. What are your favourite early career memories, Tracy? Going from standstill to 1,000 miles an hour when Dyson took off. As MD I had to oversee expansion on an […]

  • ‘Life’s too short, so do something you enjoy, both in your career and personal life’

    As it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re delighted to catch up with Kath Haines, CEO of CABA, the charity that focuses on wellbeing for accountants. She talks about her career, life and Accountex with Accounting Insight News Editor Ian Moss… The here and now…. What are your favourite early career memories, Kath? To be asked […]

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Blogs

  • FRC stats illuminate the accounting profession

    I thought I’d share this informative article by Kevin Reed, a freelance journalist and consultant at practice advisers Foulger Underwood There is little fanfare around the Financial Reporting Council’s ‘state of the accounting profession’ annual stats. This is, perhaps, because they show movement in accountancy – whether the number of students or ratio of the big […]

  • Accountants chat to win more clients

    Accountancy is a well-established profession that provides an important service. With the clear opportunities this situation presents, also comes challenge. The more essential a service and the bigger the customer base, the more difficult it is to compete. Expertise, quality, diligence, integrity have to this point been the key ways in which one organisation positively […]

  • Managing employee payroll records and the art of ballet

    Payroll entry is a collaboration between accountants and their clients. It’s like an intricate dance, each relying on the other’s poise and grace. The problem is the client only did one ballet lesson back when they were seven, and they are stepping on your toes. The current back and forth system is clumsy and time […]

  • Change the question to get a different answer

    It’s frustrating when you want to help a client improve their business but they just won’t take your advice. The explanations I hear range from “they don’t want to pay for it” to “they’re just not interested” but, while I accept that some clients aren’t really business people at all but simply workers doing a […]

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