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MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Financial due diligence

HP’s CFO admitted to not even reading the due diligence report on Autonomy before her company blew $11bn buying it. What red flags did she miss?
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FINANCIAL REPORTING

Accounting for “free” gifts offered as sales incentives

If your company prepares accounts under IFRS 15, you may need to change the way you account for free gifts offered as sales incentives. How does the change affect your profits?
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MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

Balance sheet review

The new finance director has told you that she wants a quick review of the balance sheet each month. Until now, you’ve only been asked to analyse the profit and loss account. Is there a neat report that you can propose to her?
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STAFF COSTS

Time reporting done accurately

The directors have reviewed the latest staff utilisation report. A number of inconsistencies were identified. The directors agreed that the report wasn’t reliable enough to be useful, so what can you do to improve time reporting?
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TAX

Jobs for the boys. And girls

The summer holidays are fast approaching; a time when the kids will be complaining that they’re “bored” and do little that is productive. Is this an opportunity to keep them busy and save some tax in the process?
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HOLIDAYS

Unlimited holidays. Really?

The talk of summer sunshine breaks has resulted in someone floating the idea of “unlimited holidays” as a sensible business idea. This is a bad idea, but could it be turned into a cost saving?
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BUSINESS SALE

Save tax on sale of the business

You’re selling your premises and other business assets and relocating. You know that taxation of the capital gain from the sale can be at least partly deferred. But how do you get the maximum benefit and what will the savings be?
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LATE PAYMENT

Preventing late payment

In March 2019 the Chancellor promised further action to tackle late payments and the Small Business Commissioner has also upped his game. What should your plan of attack be and what might the new approach save?
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CORPORATION TAX

Will your company qualify for the new goodwill relief?

A new relief is available for goodwill acquired after 1 April 2019 and HMRC published guidance in June 2019 as to how this will work in practice. Will your company be able to take advantage?
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FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Keeping track of finance projects

Your finance department is always busy and yet still manages to amass additional improvement initiatives. The number of initiatives in hand has become unwieldy. How can you collect them into one place for easy tracking?
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SPREADSHEETS

“What if” analysis

You’re preparing a sales forecast based on the information provided by the sales team. How can Excel help you with the “what if this value changes?” questions to present a number of different versions of the forecast to the board?
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WORKPLACE PENSIONS

Don’t miss your re-enrolment deadline

Last updated: 19.07.2019

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