HMRC failed to collect over £30 billion in 2021, according to new figures. Figures published by the tax authority revealed £32bn in tax went unpaid in the 2020-21 financial year. This marks 5.1% of the total that HMRC is owed.
New measures to stop rip-off agents taking advantage of people and pocketing their tax repayments have been proposed by HMRC. HMRC today launched a 12-week consultation “Raising standards in tax advice: Protecting customers claiming tax repayments” to consider ways to better protect taxp
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has today published comprehensive professional judgement guidance for auditors to improve how they exercise professional judgement. Professional judgement is key to high quality audit, however the FRC regularly identifies poor professional judgement as one of th
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is using data to tackle online fraud faster by scanning approximately 100,000 websites created every day to identify those that appear to be scams. Where the FCA identifies fraudulent websites, it is proactive in requesting the website host shut them down, thoug
Fast-food giant McDonald’s has agreed to pay €1.25 billion to the French authorities to avoid prosecution for tax evasion. McDonald's is set to pay a fine of €508 million while also settling a bill of €737m for unpaid tax dating from 2009 to 2020.
Former Perth accountant Derek Foster, who conned HMRC out of £22,000, is facing jail for failing to pay a court compensation order of almost £19,000. Mr Foster told Perth Sheriff Court he could not prove he had paid back any money because his brother had been making payments on his
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has today published a consultation on proposed changes to Technical Actuarial Standard 100 which would require actuaries to include climate change risks in the course of their work. The FRC is proposing to introduce a new requirement to ensure actuarial practiti
Bank of Scotland owner Lloyds Banking Group is close to agreeing a compensation deal for victims of the Reading HBOS scandal. After mounting pressure from small business representatives and the Financial Conduct Authority, it has been reported that the banking giant has agreed to offer victims of th
Banks and building societies will need to assess the impact of changes to their services, for example shorter branch opening times, under updated guidance proposed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA is also consulting on requirements for more detailed analysis on how firms assess the
KPMG is to cut the number of companies it audits to focus on improving its standards after a series of scandals, including the collapse of government contractor Carillion. The Big Four firm's decision to reduce its client numbers comes as more than 70 stock market companies put their audit contracts
EY is considering a global restructuring that could see it spin off the audit division from its advisory business. Yesterday, EY confirmed that it was in the “early stages” of separating its audit business from its consultancy arm.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has set out an ambitious vision for potential reform to the way companies list in the UK that aims to attract more high quality, growth companies and give investors greater opportunities. In a new paper, the FCA is continuing its discussion on how it can make th
A Shetlands-based company has been fined £80,000 after an employee sustained fatal injuries after being struck by a forklift truck. QA Fish Ltd, a fish processing company based at Blackness Pier, Scalloway, pled guilty to health and safety breaches committed between 6 January 2014 and 31 Janua
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to use new powers to more swiftly cancel or change what regulated activities firms are permitted to do. This new power is available following a change in the law allowing the FCA to streamline and shorten the removals process.