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HMRC could put Uber in dock over VAT payments

An HMRC investigations could mean the ride-hailing firm is asked to cough-up a £1bn VAT bill ... [More»]

Loophole worries must be addressed

The draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill needs tightening up, says joint Parliamentary Committee.  ... [More»]

Finance still key to the top

Technology and finance skills are in demand at the top ... [More»]

KPMG announced new executive structure

KPMG enhances it’s audit governance, but does it go far enough? ... [More»]

Are more robust Companies House checks needed?

Are disqualified directors still operating under the radar? ... [More»]

White heads to jail

One-time accountancy student jailed for dark web operations ... [More»]

Cash is still king

Time for legislation on late payement? ... [More»]

Cyber crime soaring!

No-one and no-where is safe from the cyber criminals it seems ... [More»]

Nowhere to hide

Beware - HMRC’s IT system Connect is looking at you! ... [More»]

AAA sooo dull…

What is the most boring ACCA exam to study for? ... [More»]

Your tattoos stories please!

A few years ago PQ magazine asked you to send us your tattoos ... [More»]

From hype to reality

Will AI and machine learning change your world? ACCA has the answers... ... [More»]

Time to fall in love with the standards

ACCA examiners tell you what you need to get a pass… ... [More»]

Time to take a quiz?

Great new online resources for all PQs about digital disruption ... [More»]

The AAT award winners 2019 are…

Who walked off with this year’s AAT Training Provider Awards? ... [More»]

CIMA’s PASS RATES HOLDING UP WELL

Here’s the latest PT and case study pass rates - how do they compare? ... [More»]

Call me Mark

Where are the women on the accountancy firms executive boards? ... [More»]

New look ICAS qualification

ICAS brings in the changes to TC and TPS ... [More»]

Tutor in your pocket

ACCA AFM PQs still have a chance to win this fantastic prize... ... [More»]

New education director for CIPFA

Chris Glennie has joined CIPFA as its director of education and lifelong learning  ... [More»]

KMPG fined for Co-op bank audit

KPMG is severely reprimanded and fined £4m ... [More»]

Step into an Apprenticeship

There’s still time to sign up to the ‘Step into Accounting Apprenticeships and Careers Conference’ ... [More»]

Sniff a lemon for success

Is it time to put away the colour markers and get out the fruit? ... [More»]

A distinctive approach

The latest AAT pass rates are out, and again they come with a breakdown of the number of PQs who manage to gain a distinction, merit or just a plain old pass, at the various levels of the qualification. ... [More»]

CIMA’s on the case

What’s in the case for the May case studies? ... [More»]

CBI not happy with CMA’s audit recommendations

The CBI throws a spanner into the work of the CMA ... [More»]

ICAEW results are impressive

ICAEW Professional level results ‘look good’ ... [More»]

Cyber crime soaring

Losses from cyber incidents rises 61% in one year! ... [More»]

CMA joins calls to split audit and consultancy

Joint audits and the separation of audit businesses are the future for Big 4, says CMA ... [More»]

ACCA exam results – a mixed bag

The ACCA March 2019 exam results are out, and the option pass rates are all down on the last sitting. ... [More»]

Enhance your professional qualification to an MSc in 9 months

Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) MSc Accounting & Finance Professional Top Up course is an exciting opportunity to enhance your professional accounting qualification with a Master’s degree from a globally recognised AACSB accredited Business School. ... [More»]

Seeded questions to go

Unmarked seeded content will no longer be included in the Applied Skills session CBE exams, the ACCA has announced. ... [More»]

Step into Accounting Apprenticeships

PQ magazine has joined forces with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London for their ‘Step into Accounting Apprenticeships and Careers Conference’ ... [More»]

Brydon Review now ‘open’ for views

The independent review into the quality and effectiveness of audit – a call for views ... [More»]

Time for an ethical framework

Unethical big data use could undermine social purpose of financial services ... [More»]

Want to move into film production?

The Production Guild opens its Assistant Accounting Training Scheme ... [More»]

Time to split audit from consultancy?

MPs call for a complete break-up of the Big 4 ... [More»]

Strategic Business Leader – the examiner’s tips

ACCA SBL examiner explains the right way to approach the new exam ... [More»]

Apple credit card anyone!

It’s bright and shinny and made of titanium ... [More»]

More transparency needed

The Association wants to see more focus on investment decisions in the new Stewardship Code ... [More»]

Pet-ty Cash – a specialist service for dogs and their owners

Nixon Williams launches new online service to help nation’s canines manage their tax needs ... [More»]

New FM code for local authorities

CIPFA releases a draft Financial Management Code ... [More»]

Splashing out on entertainment!

Questions are being asked about the amount of money the Big 4 are paying out on entertainment ... [More»]

Making Tax Digital has arrived…

VAT goes digital with MTD ... [More»]

Own goal by Goals Soccer Centres?

Goals Soccer Centres suspends trading in its shares over VAT liabilities ... [More»]

#CharteredStar

ICAEW launches search for delegates to the One Young World Summit ... [More»]

FRC sets new budget

It looks like the FRC will need over £40m this year! ... [More»]

Invoice scams on the rise

More invoice training needed, says Barclays ... [More»]

You need stamina for SBL

The ACCA examiner thinks some sitters are running out of energy! ... [More»]

AAT software issues?

Assessment issue for some AAT sitters ... [More»]

Deloitte going legal

The Big 4 firms moves ‘big’ into the legal market ... [More»]

Blockchain your certificates

We could soon all be keeping our certificates in a secure electronic wallet ... [More»]

Invoice scams on the rise

More invoice training needed, says Barclays ... [More»]

LSBF moves into Vietnam

LSBF and iBosses join forces in Vietnam  ... [More»]

Training contract rise

Nigh on 20,000 PQ’s were signed up to training contacts in the UK last year ... [More»]

NatWest trials fingerprint payments over £30

NatWest announces plans to trial fingerprint payment technology ... [More»]

Inconvenient news

What happens if your exam script goes missing? ... [More»]

Don’t reschedule if you want a pass

Why you need to take an exam if you have booked it! ... [More»]

New challengers for auditor work

Are the tech firms getting ready to take on the accountancy firms? ... [More»]

A temporary fix

A digital services tax should is just a short-term solution, says CIoT ... [More»]

What money laundering?

The profession still seems in denial about money laundering, says OPBAS ... [More»]

Banking hubs the future

Trio of banks open first joint business banking hub ... [More»]

Show me the money

Why salary needs to be on every employment ad ... [More»]

Spring Statement 2019

Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his Spring Statement today – here’s our summary ... [More»]

New accountancy watchdog unveiled

Goodbye FRC hello the ARGA ... [More»]

Concern over rising threat of landline scams

Criminal cold-calling on the rise, warns HMRC ... [More»]

Deloitte going legal

The Big 4 firm wants to become a big player in the legal market ... [More»]

And the winners are…

See the full PQ Awards 2019 video! ... [More»]

Day 5 of the ACCA March exams

How was the FM and AFM exams? You tell us ... [More»]

Going concern challenge

FRC is consulting on tightening up Going Concern standard ... [More»]

Smart casual

Is the suit and tie dead? ... [More»]

HMRC launches criminal investigations

The tax authority has opened its first investigations under new tax evasion law ... [More»]

Call for new charter

The time is right for a national ‘Women in Business Charter’, says the AAT ... [More»]

Day 4 of the ACCA March exams

How did FR and SBR go? Here’s the feedback we got! ... [More»]

Is there a problem with apprenticeships?

The NAO is asking if apprenticeships good value for money ... [More»]

ACCA March exams day 3

How was PM and APM this spring… ... [More»]

Have apprenticeships ‘arrived’?

Would you choose an apprenticeship over a degree? ... [More»]

AAT signs MOU with MICPA

AAT working to increase the number of technicians in Myanmar ... [More»]

Day 2 feedback from ACCA March exams

How was it for sitters of TX, ATX and SBL? ... [More»]

Happy birthday CIMA

This week sees CIMA turning 100 ... [More»]

And the wallet was empty…

It appears that £145m help in a cypro-currency exchange have disappeared ... [More»]

ACCA March 2019 exam feedback

It seems to have been a fairly uneventful first day for the ACCA exam sitters ... [More»]

Strengthening the Stewardship Code

FRC looks to rejig the Stewardship Code ... [More»]

PwC goes top again

PwC retakes its FTSE 100 client crown from KPMG ... [More»]

The PQ awards in 60-seconds…

Check out our teaser video in the PQ awards 2019 ... [More»]

Rooting for vegans

At the start of the year some 500 PwC staff took part in the Veganuary Workplace Challenge. ... [More»]

Chinese students accounts frozen

The bank accounts of 95 Chinese students containing an estimated £3.6m were recently frozen in a day of action coordinated by the newly formed National Economic Crime Centre (NECC). ... [More»]

The PQ Award winners are…

So who walked off with a PQ trophy at the 2019 awards ceremony? ... [More»]

ACCA exams – what words mean!

The ACCA recently provided students with a definition of the common verbs used by examiners in their exam papers. Here they are again… ... [More»]

HMRC hounded homeless man

Judge slams HMRC over pursuit of homeless man for £1,600 ... [More»]

Tax on clothing is next

Fashion retailers beware: the environmentalists have you in their sights ... [More»]

PwC worried by tax avoidance moves

When does giving tax avoidance advice go too far? ... [More»]

IFRS 16 in action

Tesco says IFRS 16 will have ‘no economic impact’ ... [More»]

ACCA Applied Skills March exam tips

Here’s some great tips for the March sitting of PM, TX, FR, AA and FM ... [More»]

Essential ACCA exam tips

Here’s some sound advicve for those tackling the Strategic Professional - Essentials tests this March ... [More»]

ACCA option exam tips

Whatever option you are taking we have some great advice for the March sitting. Read on... ... [More»]

The Future is digital

CIMA’s re-shaping its syllabus, what does it mean for you… ... [More»]

An audit reform too far

ICAEW is far from convinced about CMA’s audit proposals ... [More»]

LSBF TV is back by popular demand!

LSBF tv for AATs is back starting from today 15 February at 2pm (GMT). ... [More»]

P1 is CIMA’s hardest paper

PQ magazine runs through the latest OT and case study pass rates ... [More»]

CIPFA results are ‘in’

The December results in full… ... [More»]

Welsh salaries

Who gets top dollar as a PQ in Wales? ... [More»]

Life is sweet for PQs

The latest hays salary survey shows there is no let up in the demand for PQs and NQs in the UK ... [More»]

Forget being a team player!

It appears that employers are now want people who can add value and much more... ... [More»]

Does your CV do the job?

Will your CV get you your dream role?  ... [More»]

ACCA sitters need to book early

ACCA PQs are being advised to book their CBEs early if they want to get into an exam centre ‘near you’. ... [More»]

Don’t sit on the fence

CIMA’s case study examiner says students need to provide recommendations in answers ... [More»]

Completion dates sought

Colleges want AAT to disclose completion rates of its qualifications ... [More»]

KPMG closes small business accounting service

KPMG finds it hard to find a market for its SBA service ... [More»]

Examiner tips for AAA

Read our take on the ACCA AAA December Examiner’s Report ... [More»]

Examiner tips for SBR

What makes the ACCA’s SBR paper different to P2? Read the Examiner’s Report... ... [More»]

PQ awards countdown

The PQ awards night is just over two weeks away! ... [More»]

Student hands over half a million pounds to crime agency

The son of Moldova’s ex-PM gets the National Crime Agency ‘treatment’ ... [More»]

Examiner tips for APM

ACCA Examiner's Report for the APM Exam ... [More»]

Examiner tips for AFM

ACCA Examiner's Report for the AFM Exam ... [More»]

Accountants urged to tighten cyber security for MTD

Accountants are urged to tighten cyber security for Making Tax Digital ... [More»]

Examiner tips for AA

ACCA Examiner's Report for the AA Exam ... [More»]

Examiner tips for FM

ACCA Examiner's report for the FM exam ... [More»]

Our Bumper Quiz: The Winners

Here are the lucky five winners of our annual bumper quiz ... [More»]

Mourinho avoids jail

More trouble for the troubled Jose Mourinho ... [More»]

Don’t forget your passwords!

Cypro-currency exchange owner takes password to his grave ... [More»]

Examiner tips for PM

ACCA Examiner's Report for the PM Exam ... [More»]

Examiner tips for FR

ACCA Examiner's Report for the FR Exam ... [More»]

BDO and Moore Stephens become one!

BDO has completed its merger with Moore Stephens, creating the 5th largest UK accountancy firm. ... [More»]

Dictionary definitions

Xero’s Gary Turner has started a campaign for a change to the dictionary definition of accountants. ... [More»]

700,000 miss deadline

A total of 93.6% of self assessment tax returns (a new record) were filed by the deadline, HMRC has revealed. ... [More»]

CIMA unveils its 2019 qualification

CIMA is to use today’s the Festival of Finance to launch its new syllabus. ... [More»]

Graduate vacancies on the rise

The UK’s top employers are increasing their graduate vacancies by 9.1% in 2019, the highest annual rise in graduate recruitment since 2012. ... [More»]

More impressive ICAEW results!

The December 2018 professional exam results are out. ... [More»]

HMRC browned off

How do you decide if a Pulsin raw choc brownie should be exempt VAT? ... [More»]

Want to save?

There’s a new HMRC app out there for Help to Save ... [More»]

PQ Awards 2019 – Shortlist

Here's the shortlist for this year's PQ Awards! ... [More»]

Are you a winner?

This month's giveaway prize revealed... ... [More»]

ACCA December pass rates – out there!

Here’s the December 2018 paper-by-paper pass rate rundown ... [More»]

New taskforce to fight economic crime

The Chancellor and home secretary are to jointly chair a new government taskforce to tackle money laundering and other economic crime ... [More»]

Accountancy is playing its part

The accountancy profession playing a crucial role in UK PLC, says CCAB ... [More»]

Careers in accountancy

A conference about your career and your future! ... [More»]

CIPFA results queue

Large volumes of students trying to get results is slowing down the website ... [More»]

Councils at Risk

Over a third of councils are at risk of financial failure within the next 10 years, claims Grant Thornton ... [More»]

1 in 5 chartered accountants ready to quit!

When was the last time you cried at work? Accountants really don’t seem to like their job ... [More»]

Job of the Week!

Rendall and Ritter are looking for a Service Charge Accountant at their Aldgate head office ... [More»]

PQ magazine award entry countdown

Right here, right now is the time to enter the PQ awards ... [More»]

Drone audit first

PwC completes its first stock count audit using drone technology ... [More»]

Big in China

RSM joins forces with Huapu Tianian LLP to beef up its Chinese presence ... [More»]

The PQ awards – last call for entries

Time running out if you want to win a PQ! ... [More»]

Cryptoassets – new guidance on tax treatment

HMRC has issued guidance on how it plans to tax people who buy and sell Bitcoins! Oh, and it’s Bitcoin’s 10th birthday today! ... [More»]

Careers in Accountancy – your career, your future

A free half-day careers’ conference ... [More»]

Time to scrap Entrepreneurs relief

AAT has called on the UK government to scrap Entrepreneurs relief ... [More»]

CIMA Welcomes Kingman proposals

Kingman will help restore public trust, says CIMA ... [More»]

IASB happy with IFRS13

IASB completes review of the standard on fair measurement ... [More»]

Three accountants jailed for attempted redundancy swindle

Accountants go to prison for £710,000 fraud ... [More»]

Bundling initiative launched

LSBF launches global accounting initiative to combine academic awards with ACCA qualification ... [More»]

Amendments to IAS 37 proposed

IASB proposes clarifications for companies assessing whether contracts will be loss-making ... [More»]

FRC ‘should close’, says Kingman

Sir John Kingman says accountancy needs a new independent statutory regulator ... [More»]

The audit sector in need of robust reform

The CMA comes out fighting with new proposed legislation to change the face of auditing ... [More»]

IFRS for SMEs modules

New resource developed for learners ... [More»]

Careers in Accountancy – your career, your future

A free conference for career accountants ... [More»]

Last orders

Right here, right now is the time to enter the PQ awards ... [More»]

Young need convincing over apprenticeships

It’s the young that still need to be sold the benefits of apprenticeships ... [More»]

Want to earn £65,000 a year?

Capita says two employees are going to be appointed as workers-directors ... [More»]

Deloitte fires 20 partner for bad behaviour

Deloitte comes clean about inappropriate behaviour by senior staff ... [More»]

More staff and cash needed

More resources are needed to tackle dirty money, says task force ... [More»]

More cautious than excited…

There’s still a lot to be scepticism surrounding new technology ... [More»]

Grant Thornton revenues slip

Partrner pay drops to £373,000 ... [More»]

UK salaries soar by 4.2%

Pay jumps as struggling businesses fight to fill vacancies ... [More»]

ACCA DECEMBER – DAY FIVE

ACCA December exams – Day five ... [More»]

JOB OF THE WEEK

Commercial Accountant – Media £40k + 10% bonus ... [More»]

Forget being a team player!

The employee of tomorrow needs analytical skills to succeed, says new AAT poll. ... [More»]

NQ Magazine - December 2018

The latest issue of NQ Magazine is out. ... [More»]

ACCA DECEMBER - DAY FOUR

ACCA December exams - day four ... [More»]

ACCA DECEMBER - DAY THREE

ACCA December exams - day three ... [More»]

Tax offices in France under siege

The yellow vest demonstrators attack tax offices across France ... [More»]

KPMG UK record growth

KPMG UK announces its strongest growth for 10 years ... [More»]

Tesco trial collapse

Retrial of two Tesco directors collapses ... [More»]

Auditors told to improve work on ‘front ends’, says FRC.

The Financial Reporting Council has told auditors that their work on the Other Information section of company reports is inconsistent regarding the requirements of Auditing Standards. ... [More»]

ACCA DECEMBER - DAY TWO

ACCA December exams - day two ... [More»]

HMRC: Making Tax Digital for VAT

HMRC gives details on Making Tax Digital for VAT. ... [More»]

Nomination deadline extended

The deadline for nominations for the PQ magazine awards 2019 have been extended to 11 January 2019 ... [More»]

ACCA DECEMBER - DAY ONE

ACCA December exams – day one ... [More»]

Netflix is ‘under examination’

Netflix’s tax payments are being looked at by HMRC ... [More»]

ACCA December exam tips

What can you expect in the December 2018 exams? Here’s some sound advice from top tutors at BPP ... [More»]

Welsh income tax coming…

HMRC writes to Welsh income tax payers ... [More»]

Who should pay for graduate education?

Think tank says businesses should pay a graduate levy ... [More»]

Join us for our one-day conference

There’s still time (just) to sign - up for our one-day conference on Wednesday… ... [More»]

BDO to merge with Moore Stephens

BDO to become fifth biggest accountancy firm ... [More»]

Time for an action plan

AAT members has called for better ethnicity pay reporting ... [More»]

Think public sector for inclusion

ACCA discovers public sector attracts more disadvantaged into a career in finance ... [More»]

Closing the expectation gap

Auditors beware – a new poll from ACCA shows 48% of the UK public believe it is auditors who are responsible for avoiding company failures ... [More»]

Grant Thornton to be investigated

Patisserie Valerie’s auditor, Grant Thornton, is to be investigated by the FRC ... [More»]

Lloyds wants Deloitte

After 153 years Lloyds Banking Group decided it was time for a change of auditor ... [More»]

Still time to come to the dark side!

Sign up for our fantastic one-day conference on Wednesday 28 November. Just take a look at the line-up… ... [More»]

Tax scams target university students

HMRC is warning university students that scammers are heavily targeting them to steal their money and personal details ... [More»]

Auditors under attack

Auditors in South Africa are increasingly finding themselves under attack ... [More»]

Take two calculators

How many calculators do you take to your exam desk? ... [More»]

SBR and SBL exam preparation

London South Bank University is now offering an SBR and SBL study programme ... [More»]

Generation Z want stability

Accountancy recruiters everywhere can breathe a huge sigh of relief - Generation Z love the idea of becoming a professional accountant! ... [More»]

Turn off social media

Tune out to get the exam result you want  ... [More»]

Latest PQ giveaway winners

We have more great giveaways in the latest issue, including a Google Home Mini! ... [More»]

Emotional intelligence is key to success in digital age

ACCA says emotional intelligence is vital for the success of professional accountants in a digital age ... [More»]

PQ shortlisted for another award

It was great to see today that PQ magazine has been nominated for a LUCA award ... [More»]

Your fired!

So, what are the top signs that someone is about to be fired? ... [More»]

An end to non-audit add-ons?

KPMG says it will limit the work it will provide for audit clients ... [More»]

Trainee accountant guilty of £30,000 VAT fraud

PQ creates phoney invoice chain to reclaim VAT from wife's cake company ... [More»]

Come to the Dark Side…

Sign up now for our free one-day conference on 28 November ... [More»]

Turn on LSBF TV

A free-to-view television network, airing every Friday afternoon, has been launched for AAT PQs. ... [More»]

Time to get nominating

Do you know someone who needs a PQ magazine award? ... [More»]

Haddrill to step down in 2019

FRC CEO Stephen Haddrill puts an end to the speculation ... [More»]

IASB clarifies ‘material’ definition

The International Accounting Standards Board issues amendments to its definition of material ... [More»]

The fear of failure

What is stopping accountants changing jobs? The fear of rejection is right up there! ... [More»]

MORE BUDGET STUFF…

Here’s more from the chancellor’s budget you might want to know! ... [More»]

Insolvency on the rise

New figures released today show that corporate insolvencies in Q3 jumped by 19.3 per cent ... [More»]

CIPFA networking

The CIPFA Student Network has a number of Strategic Case Study preparation events coming up... ... [More»]

UK BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s our take on the October 2018 Budget… ... [More»]

Fall in CIMA strategic case pass rate

CIMA PQs may have to read up a bit more on the newspaper industry, if the latest strategic case study results are anything to go by! ... [More»]

Passing AAT with distinction

The AAT’s latest pass rates come with a breakdown of the number of ‘pass’, ‘merit’ and ‘distinctions’ awarded to AAT PQs at the various levels of the qualification ... [More»]

Are you working hard enough?

Work is tough enough without hating the people you work with! ... [More»]

Those late filing excuses

Each year Companies House receive a whole stack of unusual excuses from directors who fail to file their company accounts on time ... [More»]

The demise of 3aaa

The sudden collapse of 3aaa, one of the UK’s largest apprenticeship providers, has sent shock waves across the industry ... [More»]

Three out of three wins

The latest ICAEW Professional level exam results show just under 80% of ACA PQs sitting three papers (79.2%) passed all the exams they sat ... [More»]

Fake degree scam

ACCA and Middlesex University have cracked down hard on a group of students who all claimed to have been awarded degrees from Middlesex University, when they were all obvious forgeries! ... [More»]

Accountancy has a future

The need for an accountancy qualification will be as relevant in 10 years time as it is today, claims big data expert Sam Ellis ... [More»]

CIMA syllabus update - in 2019!

CIMA’s new syllabus is on track to be ‘presented’ to the world in early 2019, PQ magazine can confirm ... [More»]

ACCA unveils pass rates for September 2018 exams

So just how taxing was the September sitting? Here are the pass rates ... [More»]

Dyslexic employees the answer

Dyslexic employees could help to solve the skills shortages of the future, claims a new EY and Made by Dyslexia report ... [More»]

Brexit recruitment boom for grads

Graduates leaving university next summer will find a plethora of jobs in the public sector, according to figures complied by ‘The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers’ ... [More»]

Patisserie Valerie’s woes just go on and on

Over the weekend there was the shock disclosure of £10m of unreported loans with Barclays and HSBC ... [More»]

EY removes face-to-face final interview

From application to job offer will now take five weeks at EY ... [More»]

Retaining talent is key

Public sector accountancy need to be made more attractive to ensure that young talent stays and helps countries develop, says African Union’s Assietou Sylla Diouf ... [More»]

Young fraud victims on the rise

New data reveals 24% rise in under-21s falling victim of identity fraud ... [More»]

Tune in to TV for AATs

LSBF launches a regular tv shows for AATs – so tune in for FREE every Friday!  ... [More»]

Patisserie Valerie suspends shares

The owner of Patisserie Valerie has suspended trading in its shares over “significant, potentially fraudulent accounting irregularities”  ... [More»]

FRC sets out new strategic focus

Does the consulting work undertaken by auditors compromise their independence? ... [More»]

JOB OF THE MONTH

The Bedford Estates is looking for a Financial Accountant - do you fit the bill? ... [More»]

Salaries on the rise

Salaries for accounting roles across the UK saw a massive jump of 8.8% in September, when compared to data from the same period in 2017 ... [More»]

What no pot noodles?

Waitrose recently got into hot water when it put forward its rather wonderful ‘Student Store Cupboard’ for graduates off to university ... [More»]

Staff ‘too young and raw’

HM Treasury staff are often “too young and inexperienced” to make good decisions about where the best place is to spend taxpayers money, claims the Institute for Government ... [More»]

CMA launches immediate review of audit sector

The Competition & Markets Authority has launched a detailed investigation of the audit sector, following concerns that it is not working well for either the economy or investors ... [More»]

Five long years, and more…

Over 170,000 accountancy trainees are still studying five years after they first signed up to their professional accountancy body ... [More»]

JOB OF THE WEEK

An investment manager, who are growing their team, are looking for an experienced Fund Accountant to help with the developing pensions funds  ... [More»]

Let them in

Universities UK believe that in order to avoid missing out on international talent, overseas students to the UK should be given a two-year work visa after graduation ... [More»]

It’s your time to shine

Do you know anyone who deserves a nice shiny ‘PQ’. There are now 18 up for grabs, as we open for nominations this month for the PQ magazine Awards 2019 ... [More»]

JOB OF THE WEEK

Service Charge Accountant needed to join Rendall & Rittner head office in Aldgate ... [More»]

Latest PQ magazine hits the streets

The new PQ magazine is now 'out' and hitting letter boxes and in boxes around the world today! ... [More»]

Consultancy fees drop…

…but audit fees on the rise. ... [More»]

New crackdown on reckless directors

The UK government is to press ahead with new plans to safeguard workers, pensions and small suppliers when a company goes bust ... [More»]

ACCA SEPTEMBER EXAM FEEDBACK

The paper-by paper guide to the September 2018 sitting… ... [More»]

ACCA EXAMS – DAY FIVE

How was FM and AFM? You told us… ... [More»]

ACCA EXAMS – DAY FOUR

What did sitters think of the Financial Reporting and Strategic Business Reporting exams? ... [More»]

Self-employed tax cuts scrapped

Treasury abandons plans to abolish Class 2 NICs for self-employed ... [More»]

Councils behaving badly

Local councils and other public sector organisations are too aggressive when dealing with people with ‘problem debts, says a report from the NAO ... [More»]

ACCA EXAMS – DAY THREE

How did PM and APM go? You tell us… ... [More»]

Taxes must rise, says Welby

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has called for a more just economy and fairer taxation of large technology firms ... [More»]

Tax penalty proposals unfair

ATT has said that the new tax penalty proposals from HMRC are unfair and could result in taxpayers suffering from substantial repayments. ... [More»]

A cheaper degree?

More students are applying for two-year degrees in order to cut costs. ... [More»]

ACCA EXAMS – DAY TWO

Latest feedback from the TX, ATX and SBL September exams ... [More»]

ING fail to prevent financial crime

ING has been fined €775m after insufficient safegaurds led to the bank being used for criminal activities, such as money laundering, during the six-year period between 2010 and 2016. ... [More»]

Revenue rises at Deloitte

Deloitte’s 702 equity partners will receive a bumper payout of £832,000 on average for the last financial year. ... [More»]

Mourinho ‘sentenced’ for tax evasion

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been given a one-year jail sentence for tax evasion. ... [More»]

Grant Thornton fined over ethics breach

Grant Thornton UK LLP and three senior auditors have been fired and reprimanded by the FRC over the audit of Nichols PLC and the University of Salford. ... [More»]

JOB OF THE WEEK

Assistant Management Accountant Role at BAE Systems ... [More»]

ACCA EXAMS – DAY ONE

Here’s our feedback for the first day of the September 2018 ACCA exams  ... [More»]

Once bitten, twice shy

TSB boss Paul Pester finally steps down after the most recent IT failure in a long string of problems for the bank. ... [More»]

Alternatives to taxation?

A new report published today by AAT recommends a number of ways of saving billions of pounds, rather than simply increasing taxation and borrowing. ... [More»]

Going flexible with PwC

PwC is opening up a new recruitment route to respond to the increasing demand from people to work flexibly and forgo traditional working patterns ... [More»]

You could be a winner

This month we are giving away two fantastic books, ‘The Mensa Quiz Book’ and ‘The Pacesetters.’ Take a look at page 30 of our August issue to find out how to enter the draws, and you could be in with a chance of winning!  ... [More»]

Students - Claim Tax Refunds Now

Graduates who have been working over the summer must make sure they have not overpaid tax, says the Low Incomes Tax Reform group. ... [More»]

HMRC blocks tax avoiding celebrities from honours

Don’t expect a knighthood if you join a tax avoidance scheme. ... [More»]

ACCA September exam tips

Here’s BPP ‘advice’ on how to plan for success at the September sitting ... [More»]

Woman at the top?

Could Deloitte could become the first Big 4 firm in the UK to be led by a woman? ... [More»]

Improving financial instruments reporting

IPSAS 41 released to improve financial instruments reporting ... [More»]

Time to enter CIPFA’s Public Finance Awards?

The Public Finance Awards are now open for entry ... [More»]

Finance salaries hit three-month high

Average salaries for finance professional jumped by 3% year-on-year in July ... [More»]

Speaking with one voice

The Big nine accountancy firms are joining forces to try to agree proposals that they hope will halt a full-scale review by the Competition and Markets Authority ... [More»]

ICAEW Scottish first

Classroom tuition for ICAEW students begins in Scotland for the first time this September with face-to-face tuition at Certified and Professional level being offered in Glasgow by Kaplan ... [More»]

FRC sanctions KPMG over Ted Baker audits

The FRC fines and reprimanded KPMG Audit plc and partner Michael Barradell ... [More»]

Another apprenticeship fall

Another slump in apprenticeship numbers has added to the rising demand for reform of the levy ... [More»]

What employers want…

Do you have common sense and will you fit in with the culture? These are two key attributes employers are looking for in a new recruit, says AAT poll ... [More»]

7-year hitch

Women in accountancy and finance take seven more years than their male counterparts to reach executive level as they battle with a ‘two-tournament gender system’ throughout their careers ... [More»]

Wrong degree?

Over a thirdof accounting graduates admit that they have regrets about their degree choice ... [More»]

Qualifications are still key

Just 6% of CFOs believe that industry experience is more important than qualifications when recruiting finance professionals ... [More»]

CIPFA results hold steady

CIPFA’s June results are now out, and it looks like the previous problems with the PSFR and CFR papers can finally be ‘forgotten’ ... [More»]

Anyone for an auditing career?

The auditing sector (in Holland) could lose over half of its trainees within two years, according to a new study from Nyenrode Business Universiteit ... [More»]

Where is the payroll?

AATs need a payroll qualification now ... [More»]

CIPFA has new education chief

Lindie Engelbrecht has been appointed CIPFA's managing director of education and membership ... [More»]

From Russia with Love…to ACCA AFM students!

Sunil Bhandari (a big football fan) explains why the time is right for ACCA optional sitters to choose the Advanced Financial Management (AFM) paper ... [More»]

Farewell F5 and welcome PM!

ACCA PQs will have to start getting their head around even more acronyms! ... [More»]

Smart working with smartphones

More than 10 Million UK workers could be using smartphones to boost productivity, says Deloitte ... [More»]

Top 10 issues on the FDs’ agenda

What are the issues keeping FDs awake at night? Here their top 10…  ... [More»]

KPMG graduate programmes – open for business

KPMG in the UK has opened applications for its 2019 graduate programmes for audit and tax, pensions and legal services practices  ... [More»]

Three former AssetCo plc executives ‘excluded’

The FRC has excluded three former members of AssetCo’s management from the accountancy profession ... [More»]

EY buys ‘disruptive’ law firm

EY acquires legal services business Riverview Law ... [More»]

Off to a flying start

A collaboration degree programme between Nottingham University Business School, PwC and the ICAEW has produced its first cohort of graduates ... [More»]

New look strategic report

The FRC publishes revised Guidance on the Strategic Report ... [More»]

End of phones on desks?

Big 4 firm PwC has ‘hung up’ on landlines at its UK office desks ... [More»]

More support needed around mental health

A worrying 71% of accounting professionals believe employers are just not doing enough to support good mental health at work ... [More»]

Time to act on smart drug?

The UK’s top universities have been accused of turning a blind eye to the growing use and danger of their students turning to ‘smart drugs’ to help boost exam performance ... [More»]

Football agent own goal

Former football agent, Jerome Anderson, has lost his £1.2m tax battle with HMRC ... [More»]

Here come the CIMA results…

What is the current state of the CIMA pass rates? Well, here they are - you judge... ... [More»]

CIMA Connect still down

CIMA has been working hard to ensure no student loses out because of the on-going problems with CIMA Connect ... [More»]

A code fit for the future

The FRC unveils the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code ... [More»]

Do you need to take more papers?

Is it time for ACCA PQs to take a leaf out of ICAEW students’ book? ... [More»]

First impressions matter

Do employers need to do more to attract the top talent? ... [More»]

Don’t tax the robots

AAT says it wouldn’t be right to tax AI ... [More»]

ICAEW student events

Fancy getting away from the books? Here’s how ICAEW PQs party! ... [More»]

Accountants will have superpowers

AI and robots will give accountant superpowers, says CIMA’s Noel Tagoe. ... [More»]

2 better than 1

ICAEW June pass rates for the professional level ... [More»]

Whoops it’s happened again

Some ACCA June sitters appear to have been able to access their exam results before the official release date of Monday 17 July. ... [More»]

ACCA summer exam results here…

The June 2018 ACCA pass rates have now been released ... [More»]

Sign of the times

Aspiring accountant Kamran Hussain goes out on the street to find a job ... [More»]

Alexa to the rescue

‘Open HMRC’ – Alexa helps tax credits customers ... [More»]

Case study exam kits

CIMA case study sitters need to check out HTFT’s exam kits ... [More»]

Free exam and study skills webinar

FME Learn Online is offering free webinars for F5, F9, P4 and P5 ... [More»]

Scrap apprenticeship fees!

Is it time to scrap the 10% apprenticeship fees for SMEs? ... [More»]

EWI’s ACCA eBooks - £1

Emile Woolf International(EWI) has announced that its ACCA eBooks will be available for just £1 each ... [More»]

LSBF launches AAT level 4

LSBF online has launched new AAT level 4 professional diploma courses ... [More»]

Primary statements

IASB chair, Hans Hoogervorst, outlined how primary financial statements in occupying the boards mind at present ... [More»]

New FRC investigation

FRC has started an investigation into KPMG’s audit of Conviviality ... [More»]

Show your workings

Muddled and non-existent workings is hindering ACCA candidates in both the paper based and CBE exams, says the F7 examiner.  ... [More»]

Put down the calculator!

ACCA CBE sitters need to put their calculators away and use the spreadsheet software, says the F5 examiner. ... [More»]

I will drink to that

CIMA pre-seens for the August case study exams are now on the way… ... [More»]

Classifying financial instruments

Why is the IASB consulting on the accounting for financial instruments with characteristics of equity? ... [More»]

Has there been a data breach at HMRC?

Did HMRC take 5m taxpayers’ voice IDs without consent? ... [More»]

Audit quality is in decline

It's official audit quality is in decline, says a worried FRC ... [More»]

New AAT assessment pass rates

The AAT has published new one-off pass rates for the revised versions of three assessments ... [More»]

Instant poll results

So which were the hardest ACCA exams in June? ... [More»]

It's diversity – get over it!

The ICAEW has put diversity at the top of its agenda with the launch of a new online Diversity Community. ... [More»]

All male shortlists banned

PwC has banned all-male shortlists for jobs in the UK as it attempts to increase the number of women in its senior roles. ... [More»]

Concern over reason for PDSY pass rates

The AAT examiner is worried that only 30% of students who enter the Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment (PDSY) have successfully achieved all three of the contributing units (FSLC, MABU and MDCL). ... [More»]

A call to action

Accountant Elaine Clark has launched a Women in Accountancy group and is asking fellow female professionals to provide their input into a survey about their experiences in accountancy. ... [More»]

Is diversity stalling?

Ethnic diversity at the top 10 accountancy firms has stalled, showing little growth over the past two years, according to a new study by Accountancy magazine. ... [More»]

Hot weather doesn’t help

Students may need to avoid hotter weather if they want to better exam results. ... [More»]

Carillion auditor KPMG censured by FRC

KPMG has been singled out by the Financial Reporting Council in a report critical of the quality of auditing in the UK. ... [More»]

AAT to publish new pass rate statistics

The AAT has said that it plans to publish one-off pass rates on 22 June to show that the AQ2016 assessments are now working well. ... [More»]

Delays, time pressure – it’s the ACCA exams

Delayed exams and computers crashing seems to be a common theme of students sitting the ACCA CBE June exams in the UK. ... [More»]

£850k windfall is bad news for accountancy student

Second-year accountancy student Sibongile Mani may soon be looking for a new profession. ... [More»]

Career paths are not clear

Too many young finance professionals in the pubic sector are being left in the dark about their potential career paths, says a new report from the ACCA. ... [More»]

The robots have arrived

HMRC says it has now processed over 10m transactions using robots since 2015. ... [More»]

Brotherly love

You need your taxes done and your brother is an accountant. ... [More»]