While many readers will have been as outraged as David Cameron at the "unexpected" European surcharge it pales into insignificance when compared with the tax gap.
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.
After a series of articles on knotty tax issues, the editor suggested that it was time for something in the leisure/technology field.
Last week's column cause such a furore that it seemed worth picking up on a couple of controversial themes identified by those posting comments.
Anyone reading last week's edition of Taxation Magazine will have discovered one barrister's jaded view of some of his highly feted peers.
Generally, with all due respect to a distinguished journal, Taxation is not one's first port of call when looking for scandal.
At its party conference, UKIP has proposed a raft of tax changes that veer between the ludicrous and the rather tempting.
A confrontation with representatives of Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue is no laughing matter
A one-horse race has suddenly become really exciting as it reaches the final hurdle. Will Scotland become independent and what will be the consequence either way?
For so many in the profession, the need to compile a timesheet every week causes stress to add to boredom. However, we have to get paid somehow.
It seems to be a standard answer when you speak to somebody who has decided to go into industry and is asked the obvious question.
This might sound like a stupid question but the Government is currently in the process of doing exactly that.
After decades of experience, it is easy to identify the traits that make up the perfect client.
Unfortunately, to date, not one has quite managed to fit this demanding bill. Even so, one must live in hope.