LSBF Blog - Global Matters
Last month saw a rise in activity for the UK's service sector for the first time in four months.
According to the latest Markit/CIPS service sector purchasing managers' index (PMI), there was an increase from 53.3 to 54.9 from the previous month. A result above 50 indicates growth.Read more >>
A succession of increases in the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rate, combined with the removal of CGT reliefs, has seen bills rise by 43% this year to £5.5bn - up from £3.4bn in the previous year.
An increase in turnover from investments, including shares and buy-to-let property, has also had an impact in the windfall for the Treasury.Read more >>
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued new guidance to charities regarding the changes to Gift Aid.
The new rules surrounding the tax break, which can be an important source of income for a wide range of charities, are laid out in a new guidance document published by HMRC aimed at helping charities adopt the measures.Read more >>
According to new research by KPMG, 29% of female workers in the UK earn less than the living wage.
The report highlighted the gender gap at the low end of the earnings scale, because in comparison, only 18% of males are in the same position.Read more >>
Taxpayers might have to wait months for refunds if they pay their dues to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) using debit or credit cards under new procedures.
Accountants Blick Rothenberg LLP warn the changes could cause chaos, and repayments might go astray.Read more >>
Specialist online networking platform LinkedIn has partnered with Big 4 firm E&Y in a move that marks a big step for the internet company.
The announcement of the strategic partnership with E&Y (formerly Ernst & Young) followed the recent release of LinkedIn's Q3 earnings.Read more >>
A new KPMG survey says that SMEs could be frozen out of the procurement process if they do not take cyber security more seriously.
According to the study, looking after valuable client data should be a higher priority for firms, and some risk being disqualified from bidding for work.Read more >>
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has set out six objectives for EU tax officials to help UK SMEs consider Europe as their home market.
The proposals aim to stimulate action so that more UK small and medium-sized enterprises expand their European-wide activities.Read more >>
Small companies that have a turnover under £2m and employ less than 50 people can seek advance assurance on R&D tax relief from next month.
This will help them put more effective financial planning in place and give them more certainty, says HMRC.Read more >>
Accountancy sector brand Sage has launched a new service that lets SMEs make domestic and international payments directly from their software.
Sage Payments will allow small and medium sized businesses to use accounts or payroll systems to make the payments.Read more >>
A new report says that a "major milestone" has been reached in the UK economy, as top FTSE 100 companies have now met a voluntary target of having women make up a quarter of their board membership.
However, the report's author, former trade minister Lord Davies, says that more still needs to be done.Read more >>
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) PAYE and self-assessment tax gaps have increased over the past 12 months, according to a new study.
Pinsent Masons' analysis also forecasts an increase in the number of investigations into high net worth individuals (HNWs). HMRC has already upped probes into suspected payroll fraud.Read more >>
Growth for the UK economy slowed in the third quarter of the year with an increase of only 0.5%.
Manufacturing and construction sectors were partly to blame for the drop, which saw gross domestic product (GDP) growing at a slower rate than the 0.7% that had been achieved in the second quarter between July and September.Read more >>
A recent report from Big 4 firm KPMG in association with CB Insights says the UK economy is the European ‘hot spot’ for investment in start-ups.
The 'Venture Pulse Q3 2015' did however point out that the amount invested in the UK has fallen and is now at the lowest for five quarters.Read more >>
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) says that the UK's new IR35 income tax and National Insurance contributions legislation requires a new approach for businesses dealing with non-compliance issues.
The income tax and NICs legislation will affect anyone working through an intermediary for an organisation, such as a Personal Service Company (PSC).Read more >>
The UK's accountancy sector is seeing confidence plunge as more firms become more pessimistic about their future prospects compared to what their outlook was a year ago.
The main concerns revolve around issues such as retaining clients and managing costs.Read more >>
Banking services for SMEs lack competition and need an overhaul, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
The creation of a price comparison site would be one factor that could improve the way banks work to compete for customers, the consumer watchdog says.Read more >>
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are looking for independent members to give an oversight of tax authority by joining the new Charter committee.
The body will be a subcommittee of HMRC's board charged with overseeing how the tax authority adheres to its Charter commitments, which set out taxpayers’ rights in the UK economy. The move is aimed at strengthening governance.Read more >>
Taxpayers that exchange national currencies for bitcoins, the virtual currency, will not have to pay value-added tax says The European Court of Justice.
The long-awaited ruling has clarified the tax treatment of those who use virtual currencies in the European Union.Read more >>
Businesses must make more effort to show that their tax affairs are legal and above board to the public, says The Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
According to a new CBI survey, 23% of customers over the last year have actively avoided a company because of doubts regarding its tax affairs and whether or not it was paying its fair share.Read more >>
A 12-week return to work programme has been launched by PwC to help people with an experienced accountancy background return to work.
The Big 4 firm's ‘Back to Business’ initiative will focus on women who have had an extended break, but it is open to anyone.Read more >>
The treasury does not only benefit from chasing outstanding amounts due on taxes, but it also has various other methods of topping up the coffers.
In the latest unusual move, HMRC will be auctioning almost 150 kilos of gold that was smuggled into the UK by criminals, with the results expected to be worth in excess of £2.5m.Read more >>
Businesses in England, Wales and Scotland will have to publish amounts awarded to both men and women as bonuses in a new initiative aimed at combating the gender pay gap.
The new regulations will apply to larger employers with more than 250 employees in a move that women and equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, said was a "first step."Read more >>
The financial year ending 30 June 2015 saw UK accountancy firm Grant Thornton report a 1.6% year-on-year increase, achieving a £521m total.
This means profit before tax for the company hit £82m, with a figure of £398,000 distributable profit per partner - a rise of 3.4%.Read more >>