9am Lowdown: Amazon tax, charity reports & Southampton

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Good morning. Here is Friday’s 9am Lowdown.

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In the news

Southampton is the best place to be self-employed, according to new research from Intuit QuickBooks. The mean yearly earnings of self-employed workers in Southampton is £39,024 - higher than the UK average of £32,623.

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Amazon paid just €16.5m (£15m) in tax on European revenues of €21.6bn (£19.5bn) reported through Luxembourg in 2016. (The Guardian)

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The charities SORP committee intends to set up working groups to consider three changes to charity reports and accounts, according to its co-chair.  (Civil Society)

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490 students passed at least one June 2017 Advanced Diploma in International Taxation exam, out of a record total of 675 sitting exams. (CIOT)

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New on AccountingWEB

In our latest podcast, Richard Hattersley speaks with Anil Stocker from MarketInvoice and Bobby Lane from Shelley Stock Hutter about the rise of Fintech and what this means for accountants.

Sarah Bradford watched the latest HMRC Talking Points webinar on NIC and the self-employed, to find about the NIC reforms, but she was disappointed.

On the blogs, David Lyford Smith from ICAEW IT faculty recounts how he attempted to solve a maths puzzle by using Excel.

AccountancyManager has launched another development poll over on its Industry update page. This week’s choices are: Auto SMS meeting reminders, IFTTT integration for tasks, AccountingWEB newsfeed, bookmarks to third party applications, Twitter auto scheduler or a GoCardless integration.

Finally, the Any Answers question of the day comes from Carl London who wants to know what other members ask apprenticeship candidates during an interview.

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