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Can the Big Four keep winning?

By David Walker As accounting’s Big Four grow larger, their success creates new risks. Could the fairytale bubble burst? The Big Four accounting and audit firms – Deloitte, PwC, EY and KPMG – are a remarkable global business success story. Their combined revenues now top US$130 billion a year. Collectively, the Four are growing at… Read More Can the Big Four keep winning?

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The art of effective negotiation

There are four distinct phases in the negotiation process, each one with its own unique pitfalls and opportunities. Negotiation is a central feature of day-to-day living. Whether it’s negotiating your fee for client services, manoeuvring through the maze emanating from the Brexit vote, or agreeing on who is responsible for cooking the dinner this evening… Read More The art of effective negotiation

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How to stop being a people-pleaser

Being a people-pleaser and being an effective team player are two very different things. Does your office have a people-pleaser? The person who just can’t say no? Every office has one and regardless of how often they say yes, they will rarely be appreciated for their efforts. People-pleasers yearn for attention, external validation and the… Read More How to stop being a people-pleaser

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Reforming property taxes for business – what are the options?

Taxing business property forms an important part of the tax base for many countries, but property taxes are often complex and can be detached from an organisation’s ability to pay. The time has come to overhaul business property tax systems and here ICAEW outlines the options. Property makes a good target for taxation. Its location… Read More Reforming property taxes for business – what are the options?

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A new BEPS perspective

Taxpayers with a global footprint are going to require the assistance of reputable international tax experts for the foreseeable future to help them navigate their intragroup dealings. One thing is certain. We are no longer simply talking about the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project in South Africa; we are living in this… Read More A new BEPS perspective

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How employers can help solve the savings crisis

Responding to ICAS’ fourth question of its Challenging Conversations on pensions, Iain McLellan and Jennifer Shaw, discuss how employers can help their employees become more informed about what they need to save for retirement. In a recent survey more than half (51%) of respondents believed that the Government’s minimum automatic enrolment contribution rate of 8%… Read More How employers can help solve the savings crisis