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AIA Members Invited to Join HMRC’S Agent Forum

From www.aiaworldwide.com

All tax agents, who are a member of a professional body, are invited to join HMRC’s Agent Forum. This dedicated Agent Forum is hosted in a private area within the HMRC Online Customer Forum. You can interact with other agents and HMRC experts to discuss topical issues and processes.

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Accountant Jailed for £125k Double Fraud | Accountancy Daily

From www.accountancydaily.co

An accountant who committed a fraud at one of her employers, which meant the company had to make five redundancies among staff, and who then went on to steal money from a second business has been jailed for 32 months.

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21% Increase in Tax Take in Just 10 Years | Accountancy Age

From www.accountancyage.com

News has been revealed about HMRC this week, as UHY Hacker Young reports receipts have hit a record high; total tax take has increased by 21% in the last decade. In 2008-09, the percentage of HMRC’s total tax take was measured at 18%. This proves that the Treasury has “become increasingly reliant on VAT as a source of revenue”, the firm has stated.

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Making Tax Digital for VAT: Partnerships and Flat Rate Scheme Users Join the Pilot Party | AccountingWeb

From www.accountingweb.co.uk

Partnerships and those on the flat rate scheme for small businesses can now sign up to join the Making Tax Digital for VAT pilot. HMRC has also written to the small number of businesses with complex needs that will have to delay starting to file under MTD until October.

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Taiwan's Average Regular Wage Rises Over 2% | Taiwan News

From www.taiwannews.com.tw

Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) The average regular wage rose more than 2 percent from a year earlier in November, the 12th consecutive month as the economy continues to improve from a year earlier in 2018, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

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China’s 2018 FDI Hits a Record High | GOV.CN

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China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said overseas companies are showing more confidence in investing in the country, with foreign direct investment (FDI) in particular hitting a record high in 2018. In a year when overseas markets pose concerns for the global economy, many of them still continue to invest in China. MOFCOM said FDI in China rose three percent in 2018, to $134.97 billion. December alone saw a 23.2 percent jump of nearly $14 billion.

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New Taskforce to Tackle Economic Crime | GOV.UK

From www.gov.uk

The Home Secretary and Chancellor will today (14 January 2019) jointly chair a new government taskforce which will work with senior figures from the UK financial sector to tackle economic crime. The scale of this type of crime – which includes fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering – is estimated to be at least £14.4 billion per year.

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AIA Encourages Members to Embrace Online CPD Learning Solutions

From www.aiaworldwide.com

Do you sometimes find it a struggle to attend CPD events in person? If so, why not try AccountingCPD’s award winning online CPD courses from the comfort of your own home or office. With over 500 hours worth of courses to choose from, there is something to inspire everyone.

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5 Top Tips for Boosting Creativity at Work

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When we're busy and stressed, doing creative things can seem like a waste of time or a luxury. However, if you don't make time to step out of your routine and expose yourself to new experiences, you'll always stay focused on familiar routines and solutions. Need help getting those creative juices flowing? Here are our 5 tips on boosting your creativity…

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Keep the Momentum Going with Achieve

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Its the first full week of 2019! Get your motivation going and prepare for your upcoming 2019 exams with the AIA's Interactive Distance Learning Programme, Achieve. If your struggling to cope with revision, or finding the exams a little more difficult than you expected, then Achieve is the programme for you.

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Accountants Urged to Flag It Up and Tackle the Threat From Dirty Money | Flag It Up

From flagitup.campaign.gov.uk

The AIA is proudly supporting Flag It Up, the Government’s anti-money laundering campaign, and is encouraging you, our members, to do the same. The new look campaign was re-launched in October to urge professionals working in the accountancy sector to remain alert to the red flags of money laundering, and report any suspicious activity via a high-quality Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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Automatic Enrolment - Workplace Pension Duties | The Pensions Regulator

From www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk

Your clients’ automatic enrolment duties are ongoing - it doesn’t end on their staging date/duties start date If your clients have already automatically enrolled staff, it’s important they understand that their automatic enrolment duties are ongoing. The Pensions Regulator carries out spot checks in the UK, so make sure your clients know what they need to do and are up to date with their ongoing duties.

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MTD for VAT: New Year Progress Check | AccountingWeb

From www.accountingweb.co.uk

With Brexit and MTD for VAT hovering uncertainly on the horizon, the usual January Self Assessment rush this year looks more like a gentle curtain raiser for the fun to come. But even if the go-live date for the new method of filing VAT Returns is still several months away, the clock is ticking inexorably, particularly for the HMRC teams that are responsible for rolling out the enabling technology.

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2018: Accounting Success in the Face of Adversity | AccountingWeb

From www.accountingweb.co.uk

Almost every day the mainstream media reports on the dire economic times in which we now live. Whether the cause is Brexit, the inexorable march of technology or another spectre of economic doom, the message is the same: jobs cut, profit warnings issued and companies closing down.

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AIA Welcomes Bold New Vision Set Out in FRC Independent Review

From www.aiaworldwide.com

The Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) led by Sir John Kingman published its report to government 18 December 2018. The review recommends that the FRC be replaced with an independent statutory regulator, accountable to Parliament, with a new mandate, new clarity of mission, new leadership and new powers. The new regulator would be called the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (ARGA) and will have a different culture and statutory objective to serve the interests of users of accounts. It is anticipated that ARGA will also act to promote competition in the audit market.
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AIA Urge Members to Support Local Charities During the Festive Period

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It’s the season for giving.

 

Here at the Association of International Accountants (AIA) we have been supporting Newcastle West End foodbank, a locally based charity during this festive period.

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How Accountants Can Stay on Top of the Digital Wave | Director of Finance

From dofonline.co.uk

Accountants need to stay ahead of technology to anticipate client needs, says Jennifer Warawa As technology continues to develop, today’s accounting firms are quickly discovering that key tasks such as matching purchase orders and flagging invoices for payment can be expedited by leveraging the likes of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Government Agrees to Pay HK$300 Million for Hong Kong’s Biggest Audit Reform in a Decade | South China Morning Post

From www.scmp.com

The Hong Kong government has agreed to pay HK$300 million (US$38 million) towards the biggest overhaul of accountancy regulation in a decade.
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New HMRC Brexit Guidance Warns Businesses to Act Now | AccountingWeb

From www.accountingweb.co.uk

New HMRC guidance on a no-deal Brexit has outlined steps British businesses need to take right now, as gridlock and chaos continues to consume Westminster.

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Scottish Tax Proposals for 2019/20 | KPMG

From home.kpmg.com

The Scottish Government announces its tax plans for 2019/20 - what do these mean for individuals and businesses?
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Ghost of Accounting Christmas Present | AccountingWeb

From www.accountingweb.co.uk

“I went forth last night on compulsion, and I learnt a lesson which is working now. To-night, if you have aught to teach me, let me profit by it.”
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IASB to propose narrow-scope amendment to IFRS 17 | IFRS

From www.ifrs.org

The International Accounting Standards Board has, during its December meeting, voted to propose to amend IFRS 17, the insurance contracts Standard issued in May 2017.

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KPMG Gives Advice on Making Tax Digital

From www.aiaworldwide.com

The future of finance is digital. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is one of HMRC’s key strategic priorities, with the aim of transforming and modernising how tax is reported and managed. From April 2019, all businesses in the UK with a turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will be required to keep digital records of their VAT in addition to filing electronic quarterly returns.

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FREE £20 Online Gift Card with all Achieve Registrations

From www.aiaworldwide.com

For a limited time only we are offering a FREE £20 Online GIft Card with all registrations on our Interactive Distance Learning Programme, Achieve. Achieve is designed to give you all the preparation and support you need to pass your exams. The programme guides your learning and provides you with access to feedback, advice, and support from a specialist team of e-tutors, ensuring you consistently get the maximum benefit from your study.

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Do You Have Income Protection in Place? | PG Mutual

From www.pgmutual.co.uk

With the holidays approaching, it may be a good time to consider income protection if you haven’t already. The joy of the holidays could quickly be overshadowed if illness/injury were to suddenly strike, preventing you from working. How would you cover the cost of your holidays much less the usual bills?

Our website allows you to receive an instant quote to quickly find out just how little protecting your income could cost. What’s more, applying online can take just minutes.

Plus, as an AIA member, you receive 20% off your first two years’ cover*.

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