Payment policy nets more than £4bn from tax avoiders

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has collected more than £4 billion through the ‘pay now, dispute later’ rules for people who have used a tax avoidance scheme.  More than 75,000 accelerated payment notices (APNs) have been issued to people under enquiry for tax avoidance...
Hurricane Harvey 2017. Have lessons been learned?

Hurricane Harvey 2017. Have lessons been learned?

On Friday 25th August 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, in the USA. The natural disaster has brought record levels of rainfall causing widespread flooding. The level of disruption in Houston has hit unprecedented levels, affecting health, homelessness and economy....
Blackburn fuel fraudster payback time

Blackburn fuel fraudster payback time

A Blackburn petrol station owner, who was jailed for selling hundreds of thousands of litres of illegal diesel to unsuspecting motorists, has been ordered to repay £133,660 in stolen taxes.  Nawaz Jan Virmani, 54, was caught by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers...
UK SMEs under prepared to respond to rising security threats

UK SMEs under prepared to respond to rising security threats

UK SMEs are under prepared to respond to a crisis scenario, despite their awareness that security threats are rising and 44% expecting to face some form of attack in the near future.  This is the key finding of research commissioned by Arthur J. Gallagher that focused...
Consumer spend falls for the third month in a row

Consumer spend falls for the third month in a row

Kevin Jenkins, UK & Ireland Managing Director at Visa, commented: “Consumer spend fell for the third month in a row in July, the first time overall spending had fallen for three consecutive months since February 2013. The figure provides further evidence that...