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The role of financial leadership in sustainable public finances

Finance leadership and the role of accountants in the public and private sectors has been the cause of much debate over the last few years. In this publication, we explore the role that finance leaders can and should play in sustainable public finances. We explore the drivers for strong financial leadership and the skills and competences that, in our view, a strong finance leader should have.

A number of senior leaders explore the practicalities of financial leadership that is needed to tackle the problems that many governments are facing – whether it be to drive through public sector reforms or to tackle increasing government debts and deficits. Finance leaders need to have both a strategic and a detailed understanding of how government works and be effective communicators and influencers to help shape policy and debates. It is therefore important for such leaders to have a combination of soft skills as well as the detailed technical skills. 

Our authors give their insights on: 

  • the importance of having finance professionals as leaders in the public sector;
  • what a successful finance professional leader should look like and the specific skills/qualities that they need to have;
  • the challenges that finance professional leaders within the public sector face and how they can tackle them;
  • how a finance professional leader can make an impact in government so that people listen when they speak; and
  • how governments can ensure that they have the right people in place for these leadership positions. 

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Capital Allowances - Catax Solutions

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Capital allowances are a valuable form of tax relief available to commercial property owners. However, on many embedded items within the properties — for example, air conditioning and cabling, heating, lighting and security systems — this relief has never been claimed.

Capital Allowances legislation changes, that came into effect in April 2014 (1st April for corporation tax and 6th April for income tax), will have a significant impact on all commercial property transactions. The introduction of mandatory pooling of Capital Allowances within a strict time period of the sale of the property, is now an element of compliance. In practice a purchaser is unable to claim any capital allowances on fixtures within a property unless the vendor has first brought the costs, and then a disposal value into their tax computations. Failure to do so will mean that the benefit could be lost for both the vendor and the purchaser. Working with Catax Solutions will help reduce the impact of the legislation to both you and your clients.

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The Made Simple Group is a group of online business solutions, dedicated to making business simple.

The group provides a number of solutions for start-ups and small business. One of their entities - Companies Made Simple - is the largest UK company formation agent in the UK.

Online company formation for Professionals

Made Simple Group is an Appointed ICAEW Partner, with the exclusive offering of a company formation service specifically developed for professionals. The service provides accountants with the opportunity to:

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  • Get rewarded with £20 credit for every 10 companies formed

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The exclusively ICAEW Accredited Company Management Made Simple is a simple to use and highly innovative system, enabling professionals to manage company secretarial requirements for all their limited companies.

The system is totally free to use, and there’s no catch. It is a genuine, online cloud solution that is accessible 24/7 anywhere in the world, with no installation required. Company Management Made Simple allows you to:

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For resolving disputes - reducing costs, time and avoiding litigation.

Details of ICAEW's fee arbitration and fee dispute scheme.

Resolving disputes which are not in the remit of the ICAEW's disciplinary processes.

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