Ahead of this year’s 31 January self-assessment deadline, HMRC has once again released its list of weird and wonderful expenses and excuses from the previous tax year. Every year following the deadline, the tax office receives a long list of imaginative and colourful self-assessment excuses from members of the public who’ve failed to complete and return their tax returns on time.
Britain’s tax office has said it will offer practical advice and guidance to small business owners that were contracted by Carillion. HMRC has announced it will provide advice and guidance through its Business Payment Support Service (BPSS) for business owners who are worried about their ability to pay taxes following the construction giant’s collapse this week. Through BPSS, business owners can connect with HMRC staff who can offer them practical help on a wide range of tax-related problems.
Husband and wife team Vicki and Ian Asham were senior partners in an international law firm before they sold their part of the business, left the city life, and set up a luxury lingerie brand. After taking early retirement in their 40’s, the pair found it difficult to switch off from the business world. They set up a number of ventures in sectors as diverse as housebuilding and diamond dealing before settling on luxury lingerie, and Scrumpies of Mayfair was born.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".