UK accountants embrace cloud whilst SMEs lag

Exact 2016 SME barometer praises UK accountants, near the top of the European league of cloud adoption, but only 16% of small business input their accounts online. Over 2,000 accountancy professionals across Europe were surveyed by Exact as part of their annual survey which looks at relationships between accountants and…

Evidence of high costs could halt Making Tax Digital

Jim Harra, HMRC’s director of customer strategy and tax design was the key speaker at the 2016 Hardman lecture, given at the ICAEW headquarters in London. Among a range of topics, Harra talked about Making Tax Digital and answered a number of questions from the floor. The head of taxation…

Accountants need to be aware of CIS rules – new guide.

Are you an accountant with clients working in the construction industry? Do you have clients who may be thinking of trading in this area? If so, you need to be aware of the rules of the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). The tax regulations for the construction industry are complex and…

RTI research findings 2016

Recent research about the challenges faced by micro-employers who manage PAYE in real time offers HMRC various options to improve the system and reduce the number of non-compliant returns. Based on 45 interviews, researchers found that there is still confusion about RTI despite the system having been in operation for…

Auto Enrolment costs highlighted at National Payroll Week Launch

Auto-enrolment is increasing costs for small businesses. This was a major finding from research undertaken by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) into the effects of auto-enrolment. However, although increasing costs are affecting 69% of businesses, CIPP was quick to point out that this was inevitable. Many small businesses…

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