There has been much debate about Scottish independence and perhaps it is time to consider how it might affect business and the accountancy profession? It could also provide a perfect model for tax simplification.
The Philip Fisher column
The world is overrun with blogs and tweets. While they serve a purpose, this column is something slightly different. You will not find out what the author had for breakfast or the colour of the socks he is wearing. You will not be pestered with tedious listings of every film, book, play etc that your correspondent has ever seen or his latest success or otherwise on the golf links.
What readers have come to expect from a writer who has been associated with AccountingWEB almost from its inception are objective but on occasion quite possibly opinionated articles about topics that might be of interest to accountants as people. The intention is to be simultaneously challenging, thought-provoking and entertaining.
Since the writer is a partner in the Human Capital team at BDO LLP these columns will frequently take on issues relating to taxation, business and government policy. For light entertainment, he is also London Editor of British Theatre Guide so there will be plenty of hints and tips about what to see and not to see.
He also regularly writes about technology for London Accountant and almost anything else under the sun for a variety of publications so there are always going to be odd surprises in store. Travel, art, books, theatre, sports and consumer issues are all likely to receive consideration in coming months - but so are taxation issues, thoughts on the latest technology and, inevitably, the activities of the Chancellor and HMRC.
For those able to get to Edinburgh, here are some tips. The first is already pencilled in for London and others might follow.
Edinburgh International Festival
The James Plays by Rona Munro
A novel multimedia thriller from Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre has been created for tablets and smart phones.
A recent survey suggests that before most readers of this column have retired, almost everybody that they know will be a higher rate taxpayer.
As the Government tweaks its proposals for the biennial root and branch change to the operation of pensions, it is worth reflecting yet again on this thorny and constantly changing topic.
One of the social highlights of the summer, along with Ascot, Henley, Wimbledon and Lord's, is the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, a tradition that goes back to 1769.
Last week, HMRC's accounts came under the spotlight with surprising consequences. They announced their best ever performance. Are they delusional or am I?
Times suggested earlier this week that George Osborne is finalising plans which will lead to a merger of income tax and National Insurance Contributions.
The natural assumption is that everybody knows about everything but sometimes, one can be surprised. Therefore here are a few suggestions for websites to try out or make the most of.
Margaret Hodge has just been voted Tax Personality of the Year. Perhaps it is time for all of us to re-evaluate this controversial character.