9am Lowdown: Aspire, crowdfunding & HMRC helplines

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Good morning and welcome to Monday’s 9am Lowdown.

In the news

Paymaster general Mel Stride has confirmed that as of 30 June HMRC has successfully exited the Aspire IT contract. (Parliament)

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HMRC has hired 800 extra staff to speed up its helplines after coming under fire last year for keeping taxpayers waiting almost an hour to get through to someone (Telegraph)

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Gergely Raccuja, a 27 transport planner, has won the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize for a plan to improve Britain's roads after he proposed a distance-based charge to replace fuel duty and vehicle excise duty. (BBC News)

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Brexit secretary David Davis will start round two of Brexit talks in Brussell today. (BBC news)

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According to a PwC report, while more men use seed crowdfunding more than women, women are more successful in reaching their finance goals than men. (PwC)

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What’s new on AccountingWEB

Richard Hattersley finds out how firms are increasing brand awareness and gathering a number of new prospects through marketing events.

HMRC says it wants feedback from tax agents and software developers following the announcement that the MTD implementation timetable has altered significantly.

Over on the blogs, AccountingWEB member youngloch has penned their thoughts on the recent Making Tax Digital development from the view of a small practitioner.

And over on the Industry Update page, BTC Software says how it welcomes the government’s announcement of an MTD delay.  

This morning’s Any Answer question of the day comes from TD9 who asks if any other AccountingWEB members have found the Windows 10 updates exerting heavy demands on their laptops.


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