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Moore Stephens’ election debate

22 April 2015

Last week, Moore Stephens hosted a lively election debate with a panel including the much quoted ‘voice of reason’ Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) and James Sproule, the Chief Economist and Policy Director of the Institute of Directors (IoD). Paul has been outspokenly critical of the fundamental economics of the […]

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Top tips to help your Sage 50 efficiency go further

21 April 2015

Efficiency in everyday activities can be improved by making full use of all the features, add-ins and program shortcuts of Sage 50 Accounts. These key features enable you to: combine Sage 50 Accounts software with a document management system to significantly improve accounts efficiency and activity; quickly export monthly financial results into a more meaningful and […]

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The countdown to Solvency II

20 April 2015

The countdown to Solvency II is well underway. Insurance firms should aim to not just comply with the new rules, but maximise the business benefits. We are eight months from Solvency II coming into force across the EU, and the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) appears to be on track with transposing the Solvency directive […]

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Complaints handling

17 April 2015

The FCA has published its thematic review report on complaints handling. This review was undertaken by the FCA with the collaboration of financial services firms. The aim was to uncover the barriers to effective complaint handling and the review did note that senior managers are becoming more engaged with complaint handling but overall the FCA was disappointed […]

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What 2015 holds for hotels

14 April 2015

Hospitality accounts for more than 10% of the UK’s workforce and is the UK’s 4th largest industry. Here, our Hotels and Leisure team provide their assessment for the year ahead in hotels.   Click here to read the full newsletter.

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Do complex VAT rules hinder the digital economy? The European Commission seems to think so – at last!

13 April 2015

VAT law yet again seems to be struggling to keep up with technological change as the European Commission (EC) contemplates simplifying VAT rules further to encourage a thriving digital economy. It was only in January this year that new rules came into force for determining VAT to be charged on cross-border supplies of electronically-supplied services […]

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Budget 2015 – construction industry update

9 April 2015

Chancellor George Osborne certainly believes ‘the sun has got his (hard) hat on’, but was there much in the Budget to brighten the outlook for the construction sector? Help to buy ISA This scheme, offering a government incentive of £3,000 to each first time buyer was, without a doubt, the headline grabbing measure of the […]

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Changes to the ‘non-dom’ rules under Labour?

8 April 2015

The Labour party has announced today that if it forms the next government after the General Election it will ”abolish non-dom tax rules”. Under the current rules individuals who are resident in the UK but domiciled elsewhere (‘non-doms’) can elect to be taxed on their overseas income and capital gains by reference to the amounts […]

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Proposed changes to the taxation of ‘non-doms’

7 April 2015

Individuals who are resident in the UK but domiciled elsewhere (‘non-doms’) can elect to be taxed on their overseas income and capital gains by reference to the amounts remitted to the UK, rather than the total amounts arising. A remittance basis charge varying from £30,000 to £90,000 may be payable by longer-term residents as the […]

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E-books aren’t really books – at least not for VAT

2 April 2015

Two long-awaited judgements by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have determined that reduced VAT rates cannot be charged on electronic books. Since 1 January 2012 France has applied a reduced rate of 5.5% on e-books, while Luxembourg has been charging 3%. The European Commission challenged these rates on the grounds that they were contrary […]

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