Following the National Audit Office's investigation into the Cup Trust and its criticism of the Charity Commission, tax advisers are once again portrayed in a very poor light. Is it time for action?
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.
To set the scene for AccountingWEB's traditional Christmas gadget countdown, here are a few of my favourite things as the song has it.
The first thing to say is that neither AccountingWEB nor this columnist are qualified or able to give investment advice. Therefore if anything in this article is of interest, readers should seek independent guidance before spending any money.
At first glance, the government's proposal to ask power companies to reduce prices in exchange for a tax hike seems to be an unsubtle attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.
Forget Batman, Superman and Action Man, the Taxman/woman is the latest contender to enter the league of superheroes.
When George Orwell wrote his classic, dystopian novel, 1984 he must have hoped that it would put people off the terrifying future that he predicted. In fact, developments in recent years have almost made it come true.
It is a salutary reminder to us all when some of the best loved legends of the sporting world find themselves facing court cases over tax evasion.
When trying to conceive this article, it was difficult to know where to start and finish, since there are so many examples that can be used to prove the point.
It is rare for a single tax case to have quite such an impact on the accountancy profession as that of Mehjoo v Harben Barker, which has sent many practitioners into a tailspin.
Nowadays, when everybody seems to have a Bluetooth device, this tiny pair of wireless stereo speakers, which transforms into a speakerphone is just the thing.