Google’s appearance at the Public Accounts Committee this week highlighted yet again the complexity of tax avoidance in the UK. In response to a post by Accountancy Age editor, Kevin Reed, AAT’s Head of Conduct & Compliance, Tania Hayes, argues that dealing with tax avoidance is not just a case of following the laws of the land – it’s about acknowledging accounting is a profession and that integrity matters.
The Taxman has resorted to weapons-grade technology to get information on tax. But is it a step too far? Matt Packer explains the system, and fields some contrasting expert views.
This week saw Google called before the Public Accounts Committee (again) over its UK tax arrangements, Lauryn Hill locked up and The Apprentice back on our TV screens. Steven Perryman picks his top five news stories from the past week.
The Apprentice 2013 kicked off last night with 16 hopefuls tasked with selling imported goods against the clock. But what’s it really like to be on the show and face the first task? Katie Wright, a contestant from last year’s series, reviews the first episode exclusively for AAT Comment, and reveals what it’s like to turn your back on reality and face the cameras.
The idea that accountants have to make moral judgements exclusive of accounting and the law borders on the absurd, says Accountancy Age editor Kevin Reed.
Internships can be a brilliant way of picking up skills, making contacts and boosting your chances of getting a job, yet many are wasted. James Pulford explains the best way to pick and apply for an internship and how to use your time well when you get there.
Advising and helping clients to avoid paying tax is not unethical. It’s what you do with the rewards that counts, argues AAT member in practice Jenni Frost.
Do you get confused with having to write a proposal for funding for your business? If so, there are three alternative ways of financing your business that could make your life easier, according to Simon Dixon of Bank To The Future.
Margaret Hodge – Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee – returned to the news this week to take aim at ‘lazy’ MPs and the Big 4 accounting firms. Steven Perryman puts his feet up and takes a look at the week’s news.