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 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.
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.
You can't escape it. The World Cup begins tomorrow and will take over our lives (and potentially businesses) for the next month.
The big question for all red-blooded Englishman but rather fewer Englishwomen is whether our plucky lads will repeat the success of 1966.
Just when we thought that we had got the hang of Mehjoo, another decision might muddy the tax planning waters even further.
It seems as if every week brings a new story about a major corporation that has failed to keep our personal data securely.
Since computers took over the world, the profession may well have lost an invaluable art, quite possibly much to its detriment.
Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the water, tax is hitting the headlines again.
Sadly, this is not another story about a grateful country congratulating tax advisers on their generous efforts to take the weight out of the Treasury's pockets.
All of us would love to have the opportunity to cut our tax bills. However, the wealthy don't always operate on the same basis as the man in the street.
1. Head the Royal Family
While most people are cursing the pains and indignities that have resulted from yet another industrial dispute in London, there are some real upsides for those willing to look for them.