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Ian Moss

Ian Moss is the Editor of Accounting Insight News. He's been a journalist since leaving university and has worked for the Daily Mirror and Financial Times, among other media groups. Likes running, guitar, golf, dog-walking.

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  • High number of accountants are unhappy in their jobs

    January 16, 2019 News

    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

    January 14, 2019 News

    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 […]

  • FRC stats illuminate the accounting profession

    January 10, 2019 Blogs

    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 […]

  • MPs force rethink of controversial HMRC loan charge

    January 10, 2019 News

    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 […]

  • Accountants chat to win more clients

    January 9, 2019 Blogs

    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 […]

  • How’s the future looking for HMRC?

    January 9, 2019 News

    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 […]

  • Managing employee payroll records and the art of ballet

    January 9, 2019 Blogs

    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 […]

  • Accountex calls for women to Speak Up

    January 9, 2019 News, Women in Accountancy

    Diversity and gender equality are always in the headlines and the world of accountancy is no different, whether it’s partners in practice or pay parity. In 2018 Accountex made big steps towards increasing the number of women speakers on its agenda-setting theatre programme. The line-up included: HMRC boss Theresa Middleton; accountant and author Della Hudson; […]

  • Change the question to get a different answer

    January 8, 2019 Blogs

    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 […]

  • IRIS widens education reach with BioStore deal

    January 8, 2019 News

    IRIS Software Group today announced the acquisition of BioStore, a leading provider of identity management and cashless catering solutions to UK schools and businesses. BioStore’s solutions are used by over 3,000 UK schools and sixth form colleges to improve and streamline access control and how catering services are delivered. The acquisition extends the IRIS education […]