The week in two minutes: 22 January 2016

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By Michael McGlinchey, CA Today

21 January 2016

A round-up of recent top content you may have missed from CA Today.

Global CEOs’ thoughts on 2016

PwC's annual survey of 1,400 global CEOs revealed their biggest issues and concerns in 2016, with world economic factors, geopolitical developments and skills shortages among the top items on their agendas.

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Rats, dogs and other tax return excuses

HMRC disclosed some of the most unique excuses for people failing to submit their annual tax return on time – including the taxpayer who said a rat ate the documents when they were left in the shed. Dogs, estranged spouses and sick accountants were factors in some of the other excuses.

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David Bowie: musician, icon…and financial innovator

The late David Bowie’s talent for innovation extended beyond the arts and into the world of finance as this article revealed. The ‘Bowie bond’, launched in the 1990s, was a new way of securitising intellectual property rights and followed his own battles over rights to his work.

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Accounting for start-ups insights

Robert Krigsman CA, Principal of Krigsman Partners in Melbourne, outlined some important do’s and don’ts for any CA considering accounting work with a business start-up.

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Road testing the new GOV.UK Verify service

In a follow-up to his first article on the UK Government’s plans for making tax digital through a new ID verification scheme, Donald Drysdale tried out the new ‘public beta’ version of the GOV.UK Verify service, which aims to provide a single sign-on for taxpayers.

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Protecting business data – 10 top tips

Information Security Consultant David Reynolds offered his advice on how to protect business data. Identifying risks, ensuing compliance and staff awareness were some of the important pieces of advice David provided.

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Business leaders in EU reforms call

CCAB, the forum for accountancy bodies in the UK and Ireland, published a report which outlined business leaders’ views on Europe. It identified five areas for reform including greater clarity on EU and national responsibilities, more accountability and transparency, and a vision for business in the EU.

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Audit and assurance issues explored

An ICAS event in London provided CAs and other experts with an opportunity to discuss key issues in the world of audit and assurance. The subjective nature of the information in company reports and auditors’ skill sets and capacity were among topics discussed.

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