HMRC have gone after firms that take on interns without pay and claiming a breach of minimum wage. The only reason HMRC are managing to get away with it is because these young people have fixed hours, so it seems that the issue is not one of principle but one of technicality .
An accountant in business
I've been blogging on my website www.formationsdirect.com for some time with my non-PC view of the world of economics,business and other stuff. If you like to read the views of somebody who doesn't "toe the party line" you've come to the right place. Government cock-ups, financial turmoil , business scandals and people's behaviour - I've got something to say about it , whether you like it or not.
One of the best rules for life is "don't get involved in other people's arguments". So what does our government want to do ?
The horrific events in Woolwich have led to the inevitable statements about the lack of resources to track everybody that hits the radar of MI5 . Fair enough .
It's that time of the year again , when M & S explains that although clothing sales have fallen food is up blah blah blah . But the issue here is not really about Marks and Spencer , it's a conundrum that faces many of your clients - the squeezed middle .
Earlier this month the bigwigs from the Co-op bank were trumpeting about how their bank was in fine fettle and today it seems the viability of the bank is being called into question. So, how does a leader in "ethical banking" explain the sudden deterioration of fortune ?
Lord Lawson has hit the nail on the head with Europe. I was thinking how 10 years ago I was sprouting forth that the EU was not good for us and we mustn't join the Euro . On the latter I was vindicated for exactly the reasons I was saying it.
From my desk there are 6 firms of accountants at least within a few hundred yards and 3 of them I can see from the window . One of these , which I obviouxly cannot name for fear of embarrasing them , has a PPC advert that pop up virtually every time that I go into AccountingWeb.
Yesterday we found out what we all knew . That more and more people are using casualty as a shortcut to see a doctor. Why do I think it so obvious ? There seems to be an ever growing number of ambulances passing my office on "blues and twos" .
George Osborne has unleashed a very clever weapon in the Scottish referendum debate. As a very jingoistic and proud people most Scots would tell you that they woud like to be independent.
So we have a headline that EU fraud is running at £5bn. I must admit at being surprised how low it is. Yup , that's correct - it is far too low. For a organisation that is virtually unaccountable and has a budget in multiples of this sum it really is surprisingly low.