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Who are the enemies of contractor accountants?

Who are the enemies of contractor accountants?

David Cameron has attacked the people he considers to be the enemies of enterprise that are threatening to hold back British businesses.

Speaking at the Conservative spring conference in Cardiff, the PM repeated his commitment to the promotion of economic growth. Cameron said that as well as having a positive social impact, new enterprises are good for the economy. He did however admit that we have our work cut out to encourage people to form a limited company.

For more than 10 years, the enemies of enterprise have taxed, regulated, smothered, crushed and generally got in the way, he said.

George Osborne’s budget later this month will lay out specific measures to help business start-ups. These could include the removal of bureaucracy and the easing of regulations.

Meanwhile, existing companies are confused about the requirements of the new senior accounting officer legislation adding compliance costs to their existing financial burden. However, Deloitte says most are in a good position to comply.

According to Deloitte’s research, 11% of organisations have complete confidence in their compliance, although 69% expect to file an unqualified certificate. The areas that are causing most concern are VAT, PAYE, corporation tax and excise duties.

The new rules mean that senior financial officers now have to certify annually that their company systems are fit for tax reporting purposes. The legislation only affects companies with a turnover in excess of £200 million.

HMRC had assured companies that the sign-off would not lead to increased costs, 50% of respondents claimed the costs had been significant. 13% did admit that the increased cost of compliance has been set off in part by the savings they discovered during the review process.

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