economia team 21 Dec 2017 02:28pm

The top 10 most-read Opinion pieces of 2017

The challenges of digital disruption, Brexit, HMRC, changing regulatory landscape, tax and reputational risk, were the topics you sought analysis of this year

Caption: Brexit dominated the commentary in 2017

1. The biggest challenges facing auditors in 2017

EY’s Hwel Ball divided it into three areas: technology; trust; and a shifting geopolitical landscape

2. How Brexit will impact the UK financial sector

It’s too early to tell, but the UK has survived worse challenges to its dominance, and it is well-placed to do so again

3. Lessons must be learned from HMRC's Black Tuesday

Two scathing reports highlighted very different aspects of the Revenue's ability to plan for the future

4. Debate: should all banks be nationalised?

Nearly ten years on from the global financial crisis which saw several financial institutions come into public ownership, industry professionals outline the case for and against nationalising all banks

5. The top VAT changes predicted for 2017

Whilst 2016 tax news was all about direct tax global developments and reform, 2017 is set to be labelled as the year of burgeoning VAT fraud burdens

6. How economics 101 could have prevented United Airlines' PR nightmare

On 9 April, a passenger was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight from Chicago O’Hare to Louisville after the carrier was unable to find volunteers to accommodate four of its employees on standby

7. HMRC versus Ingenious: should I stay or should I go now?

The First Tier Tribunal judgement in HMRC’s action against media investments promoted by Ingenious left most investors perplexed last year

8. The rocky waters that could turn Brexit into a shipwreck

We’ve slipped the lines and set sail, but this is no ordinary voyage. Charting a course to an unknown destination, the good ship Brexit has two captains - Davis and Barnier – each trying to steer her to a different port.

9. Gags, spreadsheets and soaring cliché

That people call the chancellor “Spreadsheet Phil” is now so widely known that the man himself felt able to use it as the hook for one of his kick-off gags in this, his first (and last) Spring Budget

10. What the Spring Budget means for property

With the property market suffering from reduced levels of transactions, house prices static and a lack of confidence resulting in reduced funding options, there were high hopes that the chancellor would announce specific measures to revitalise the stagnant property market.