LSBF Blog - Global Matters
In a move that could have repercussions for the UK economy in its own drive towards expanding shale extraction operations, leading firm BHP Billiton has written down the value of its US shale assets by £5bn ($7.2bn).
The news comes on the back of the company having already had to deal with a fatal dam collapse in Brazil and other falling commodity prices.Read more >>
A new tax exemption on savings income comes into force on 6th April and will bring a range of benefits with it to many taxpayers.
The Telegraph reported that The Personal Savings Allowance (PSA) will be one of the most significant changes to personal finances in the year ahead as it gives every basic-rate taxpayer £1,000 of savings income free of tax.Read more >>
Larger private companies already experienced the changes last year, and now SMEs face major changes to their financial reporting as new and revised standards for accounting periods come into effect.Read more >>
Increased access to data is changing the way companies are looking at the market, believes Kantar Group CEO Eric Salama.
In an interview with LSBF, Mr Salama noted that greater emphasis on market research is improving the way businesses are using data to better understand their customers.Read more >>
According to a report from Deloitte, 71% of the UK's millennials intend to leave their current job within the next five years.
The age group 18 to 24 also sees two-thirds (63%) believing their leadership skills are not being fully developed in their current roles.Read more >>
Big Four firm Deloitte has estimated that almost 2.5 trillion photos will be shared by people online during this year.
Dr Danny McConnell, the accountancy and advisor firm's Belfast technology partner, also predicted that of those, 90% would be taken using smartphone cameras.
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A major new accounting standard called IFRS 16 Leases has been issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).
Previous accounting requirements covering the way in which companies account for leases have now been replaced. The older methods, introduced more than 30 years ago, were considered unfit for purpose.Read more >>
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that the continued fall of global oil prices could force the country to revise its 2016 budget.
The continued slide in the value of oil means that Russia must be prepared for a "worst-case" economic scenario, Medvedev said.Read more >>
Big Four accountancy firm and business advisors Deloitte say that broadband speeds will get much faster this year, with Gigabit per second connections set to increase by a factor of ten.
Deloitte predicts the changes in the 16th edition of its Global Media Trends publication from the firm's technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice.Read more >>
Two prominent accountancy firms in the Midlands have merged to create a new firm that is likely to have a significant impact on the region.
The move, which was first announced in November, has now been completed and sees the merging of PKF Cooper Parry with historic Birmingham accountancy firm Clement Keys.Read more >>
The government’s response to a consultation on new rules for companies has been published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Company beneficial ownership information that sets out a record of a ‘person with significant control’ (PSC) will need to be registered when new legislation is announced later this month.Read more >>
Recent figures have shown that UK retail sales remained flat in December, with total sales up by only 1.0%.
The latest monthly BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor data revealed that non-food sales had their weakest month of growth since January 2013, increasing by just 1.5% on a three-months basis, and total food sales grew only 0.2%.Read more >>
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has clarified the tax treatment of interest payments from peer-to-peer (P2P) loans by issuing interim rules on the subject.
The Treasury has decided that these payments will not be subject to income tax deductions at source until any amendments to legislation designed to address the matter are put in place.Read more >>
UK small and medium-sized businesses with a turnover of less than £2 million and which employ fewer than 50 people can now apply to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for advanced approval on their R&D tax relief claim.
A new publication called “Making R&D Easier: HMRC’s plan for small business R&D tax relief” sets out the details of the measure that is being introduced following a period of consultation.Read more >>
The Irish fiscal deficit has been reduced by €5.2 billion after tax revenues received by the Government were greater than expected, the latest Exchequer Returns show.
The country's deficit fell to approximately €3.4 billion, down from the €8.6 billion level it had been at in 2014.Read more >>
The recovery of the US economy has taken another major step forward with the news that job growth remained solid in December with the addition of another 292,000 jobs, the BBC reports.
The data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also revealed that the jobless rate held at 5%, a seven-and-a-half-year low. Following the recent move by the Federal Reserve to increase rates in the US, the latest figures may have implications for a similar move in the UK.Read more >>
More than 10 million tax payers in the UK are required to complete and return their self-assessment tax filing by the end of the month, and almost four million have yet to do so, according to The Guardian.
This time last year, 890,000 taxpayers missed the end of January deadline and incurred a fine of £100 and faced further penalties if they continued to delay.Read more >>
Up to half a million small and micro employers will need to take action to meet new workplace pensions regulations this year.
Any that do not comply with new rules governing auto enrolment pension provision for all employees will risk a fine, warns a new campaign from The Pensions Regulator.Read more >>
The Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) has issued a warning about the impact of changes to the tax rules governing travel expenses, saying that those that work from home could be hardest hit.
Tax News reported that the ATT said the new proposals would deny homeworkers the opportunity to choose their home as their main base of operations if they also have a base elsewhere, for instance at their employer's head office.Read more >>
Deloitte’s 2015 M&A Update has revealed that the number of inbound UK deals the Big 4 firm is involved in has gone up by 10.6% in the last twelve months.
Manchester Evening News reports that the accountancy giant has had deal values treble over the same period. The company's Transaction Services team completed 18 transactions in the past year, totalling in excess of £2bn worth of business.Read more >>
The UK economy is showing real signs of recovery if sales of new cars are considered to be a pointer.
Registrations for new vehicles hit are cord high of 2.63 million in 2015, up about six per cent on 2014, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
December 2015 looks to have been the best December on record too, with 180,000 new cars registered.Read more >>
With many SMEs worried about proposed reforms to tax laws that could see them having to update HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) fare more regularly than the current once a year, accounting body UK200Group has declared that this won't mean quarterly tax returns.
Andrew Jackson, senior partner at UK200Group member firm Fiander Tovell, emphasised "that the new rules that are being protested about have not yet been written."Read more >>
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written to individuals it believes to be Scottish residents for the purposes of the new taxation system that is due to be applied in the UK north of the border.
The Scottish rate of income tax is the biggest change to hit the taxation of individuals in the UK for many years, and now HMRC is sending letters to individual taxpayers who are on their database as holding an address in Scotland.Read more >>
New figures have revealed that a record number of taxpayers submitted their self-assessment tax returns while the rest of the world was celebrating New Year's Eve.
The latest figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) show that 24,546 people submitted their returns online on NYE, representing a 2.8% rise on last year.Read more >>
Suppliers and customers who entered into an insolvency procedure last year ended up owing money to more than 100,000 UK businesses.
New research from insolvency trade body R3 revealed that 6% of all UK businesses became creditors in an insolvency procedure over the last year, which means 113,000 companies were affected.Read more >>