This week's top stories from CA Today: 20 November 2015
A round-up of the top content you may have missed this week from CA Today.
1. Hodge appeals for ideas on responsible taxation
A new cross-party group of MPs, chaired by Margaret Hodge MP, has called on the public to contribute ideas to make the tax system fairer and more transparent. The group will ask for contributions on the OECD base erosion and profit-shifting project, HMRC's capacity to deliver fair tax, and examination of tax reliefs and the tax system.
2. FDs worried retiring ‘baby boomers’ widening skills gap
UK employers are anticipating a significant skills gap when baby boomers retire over the next two to five years. New research by Robert Half UK found that FDs of small businesses are the most concerned about losing their experienced workers, with 84% predicting that their departure will have a negative impact on their business.
3. The top eight accounting software solutions
Cloud accounting has truly taken off, and no wonder: modern software combines powerful tools, real time data and a slick user experience. But which to choose? We round-up our picks of the best accounting software on the market.
4. Companies to suffer 45% corporation tax on government mistakes
While heralding a cut in corporation tax to 18%, the government has quietly introduced a new special rate of 45%. Companies will suffer 45% tax on interest elements of restitution claims, but should they have to pay for shortcomings of our legislators or HMRC?
5. Top five podcasts for CAs
In today's connected, on-demand world – how relevant is radio to the business world? Steven Fullerton rounds up the best podcasts for CAs.
6. Alan Ferguson: The changing role of the audit committee chair
For much of his career, Alan Ferguson CA has been an executive director with multi-billion pound turnover listed companies. He talks to Robert Outram about his journey from executive to non-executive director and the challenges of leading audit committees.
7. Corporation tax: Patent Box changes ahead
Patent Boxes in the UK and other jurisdictions must be changed from 1 July 2016 as a result of the OECD’s BEPS project. Donald Drysdale discusses forthcoming changes to the UK Patent Box, and ICAS invites views.
8. Pensions auto-enrolment update
The Pensions Regulator has launched a new interactive step-by-step website guide aimed at employers. It is designed specifically to help small and micro employers meet their legal duties.
9. Four ways big brands use Big Data
Big Data can provide a gold mine of information for companies. Nicola Sinclair reports on how four of the world’s biggest brands use Big Data and the lessons for accountancy.
10. ICAS seeks new international members for Council
ICAS is looking for candidates who work outside the EU to represent international members on the ICAS Council, as part of its initiative to create a more global Institute.