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The psychology of financial fraud


Fraudsters aren't always bad people. So what drives people to step over the line and commit an economic crime? In the first of an ICAEW Insights series on economic crime, Craig Tully from tax investigation specialists Gilbert Tax Consultants outlines what drives people to commit fraud.

Top tips on advisory at tax year-end


8 March: As 5 April fast approaches Derek Blair and Suzanne Spicer, members of ICAEW’s Practitioner Business Advisers Community, share their insights on how to provide tax advisory services to clients.

Pandemic triggers a workplace ‘shecession’


8 March 2021: COVID-19 and its economic fallout are having a devastating and regressive effect on gender equality in the workplace, which in turn will stunt post-pandemic economic recovery, according to two major reports.

European Commission tables binding pay transparency measures


8 March 2021: The right to equal pay for work of equal value is a founding principle of the EU, but one seldom implemented or enforced in full. With the EU gender pay gap currently over 14%, new legislative proposals seek to remedy this through pay transparency and improved enforcement mechanisms.

Budget green measures: expectations versus reality


5 March 2021: Expectations were riding high for a Budget that delivered on the ‘build back better’ promise. But despite several promising initiatives, when it came to substantive green measures it was found wanting.

Chart of the week: Spring Budget cutting the current deficit


5 March 2021: The Budget provides the basis for this week’s chart, which illustrates government plans to achieve a current budget surplus to meet a new fiscal rule that hasn’t yet been formally announced but was hinted at.

Green savings: an opportunity to clean up?


5 March 2021: For those wanting to green their personal finances, this Budget offers new ways to put your money to work for the benefit of the planet. ICAEW’s Philippa Kelly highlights what savers and investors might want to look out for.

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