Thursday 2 May 2013

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“Big 4” accountancy firms use knowledge gained from staff seconded to Treasury to help clients avoid taxes
In one example, KPMG advised on the development of "patent box" rules, and then issued marketing brochures titled "Patent box: what's in it for you."  Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers have provided the government with expert accountants – free of charge - to help draw up tax laws. But the firms went on to advise multinationals and individuals on how to exploit loopholes in legislation they helped to write. GUARDIAN
("Yes, free of charge... Well, there is a small charge... Between £35bn and £70bn+ of taxes dodged by our clients!" said our Big 4 insider.)

Warning from headteachers as parents dig deep to fund boom in private tutors
Parents on modest incomes and families from ethnic minorities are behind a massive boom in Britain's multimillion-pound tutoring market. Hundreds of thousands of children – some as young as two – now receive private tuition at a cost of between £7 and £60 an hour. Parents say the extra study gives their children confidence and helps them secure top grades. But headteachers are warning that the tutoring market is beginning to spiral out of control and is "trading on insecurity". GUARDIAN
(…So… degrade a public service - education - and a whole new private sector is born! The system works!!)

More women turn to credit cards and loans to make up for their lack of income
A survey by credit report company Callcredit found that 72% of women have applied for some form of credit in the last 18 months, compared to just 28%. Worryingly, the main reason women did so was to make up for shortfalls in their income. The research also found that women are now far more likely to apply for credit to cover household goods than men, as well as being more likely to resort to the desperate measure of taking out an exorbitant payday loan. European Commission studies found that across the continent women earn on average 16.2% less than men. DAILY MAIL

Iain Duncan Smith urges wealthy elderly to 'hand back' benefits
Wealthy elderly people who do not need benefits to help with fuel bills, TV licences or free travel should give the money to his department, said the work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith. He said he would "encourage" people who do not need such financial support "to hand it back". BBC NEWS
(Meanwhile, extremely wealthy people who do not need 'loopholes' to help with their 'tax', 'moral compass' and 'vast wealth' should give the money to the Conservative Party, if they haven’t done so already...)

Google and its auditor Ernst & Young ordered back to parliament to answer tax questions
Google's European boss told parliament's public accounts committee last November that his sales team was based in tax-sheltered Dublin and that the job of UK staff was simply to market Google. But evidence from Google's own website, interviews with clients and former staff, and staff profiles on the internet, shows that some sales staff are based in London. If so, Google's UK tax bill could increase significantly. Google's own corporate website advertises London-based jobs whose duties include "negotiating deals", closing "strategic and revenue deals" and achieving "quarterly sales quotas". Google responded: "As we have said many times, we comply with all the tax rules in the UK and in every other country in which we operate." Google’s motto is “Don’t do evil”. GUARDIAN
(Google added: "And as we have said many times, we comply with all the rules of evil as found in the Kingdom of Hell, and in every other moral vacuum in which we operate.")

Moody’s S&P settle lawsuits accusing them of hiding risky subprime investments
The lawsuits from King County in Washington state and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank claimed that the ratings agencies and Morgan Stanley hid the risk of investing in a fund that purchased bonds backed by subprime mortgages. The collapse of such "subprime" funds triggered the global financial crisis. The cases were settled without any admission of liability or wrongdoing, which means that no one will be prosecuted. WASHINGTON POST
(…which is handy, as US jails are already rammed full of low income people who defaulted on their subprime mortgages…)

Estate agents obliged to reveal property problems, rather than keep quiet
The days of estate agents singing a property’s praises without mentioning its drawbacks are over. At least, that’s what the Office of Fair Trading has ruled. In the past, it was up to the buyer to ask the questions. The seller or agent did not have to volunteer every detail about a property — their only obligation was to give truthful answers. Now the onus is on the agent to be frank and disclose any information that could affect a decision — not only to purchase but even view in the first place. Matters that must be disclosed include: nearby motorways, flightpaths, night clubs and schools; crime; failed sales and the causes thereof. Also, photos must accurately reflect the state of the property. DAILY MAIL

Austerity kills, economists warn
Austerity is causing soaring suicide rates, rising HIV infections and even a malaria outbreak. In a new book, The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills, the authors show how different strategies to deal with economic shocks affect health. Examples include Sweden, which used public spending to cope with its recession in the 1990s: the number of suicides fell despite a large rise in unemployment. In Greece, however, HIV infection has risen by over 200% since 2011 as prevention budgets have been cut, and intravenous drug use has grown amid 50% youth unemployment. Greece also experienced its first malaria outbreak in decades after budget cuts to mosquito-spraying, the authors say. GUARDIAN

Commission sales are abolished on some financial policies
The new policy will apply to the sale of investments such as pensions, annuities and unit trusts, but not to some mortgages and insurance policies. Commission-driven sales were at the heart of the huge mis-selling scandals of the past few decades, affecting the sale of endowment policies, personal pensions and most recently payment protection insurance (PPI). Even apart from those scandals, the FSA estimated in 2010 that mis-selling in general was costing consumers about half a billion pounds a year. A recent survey for the FSA found that 17% of adults currently take advice from a professional financial adviser and another 32% would consider doing so. But a third of the respondents thought, wrongly, that the advice was free. BBC NEWS
(…Errr... because a hundred per cent of salespeople told them it was?...)

1 comment:

  1. Patent Box is excellent news for the UK. Perhaps this new tax will encourage execs to look harder at patenting, after all if they license a third party at 10% it looks like the third party will only pay 10% on any profits relating to the patented product, so in essence the licence will cost the licensee nothing.This tax will also apply to foreign patents where the capital flows to the UK. Patenting is international and today both the searching and filing can all be done online.The high fees attorneys charge may be worth paying if you are a corporate and have to employ somebody to do the patenting anyway, but if you are an individual, substantial attorney fees running into thousands, create a very significant barrier. A complete UK patent actually only costs £230 in total, the UK IPO is amazing and fantastically helpful and it is now entirely possible to patent internationally yourself from your laptop, if you know how to go about it. The difficult bit is having something to patent and understanding what is and isn’t patentable. A great cheap Amazon ebook, which tells you how to go about patenting internationally, step-by-step, is DIY Patent Online. It lists all the fees and has links to all the sites you need plus you can read some of it free on Amazon. They also have a web site and unlike most patent site, which are a cure for insomnia, they aren’t trying to sell you any services. Many spout off about patents knowing little about the subject in reality. The only patent that is really worth it’s salt is a Utility Patent – they even call them utility patents in the States but in the UK they are just called Patents. These must have an 'Inventive Step' and must not be ‘obvious to somebody skilled in the art'. These are not to be confused with US Design Patents (UK Design Registration) or Australian Innovation Patents. which are easy to get and get around. Patenting is challenging when you don't know how but like everything else, once you have the hang of it, it's quite straightforward. Most businessmen are busy building empires with all the costs involved, these are tangible, you can see them. However my moniker is ‘If you can touch it, don’t touch it’. Intellectual Property is the only thing worth having, owning the IP makes you the master, the rest is just overhead, which is an idea well worth disseminating to your clients.


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