Digital tax plans shelved

The Government has shelved its ‘Making Tax Digital’ plans as a result of the looming general election. The decision to drop the policy from the Finance Bill – the last to be debated before Parliament’s adjournment for the election – means the scheme could be delayed by at least a year

Celebrating the best in sport

WNJ has helped recognised the people who make sport happen in the Preston area at a very special evening of celebration. We sponsored the Secondary School of the Year category in the annual Preston Guild Hall Sports Awards. And we were delighted to hand over the award to the worthy wi

U-Turn On Self Employed Class 4 NIC Increases

The Chancellor has announced on 15 March that he would not be going ahead with his Budget proposal to increase the National Insurance Contribution rates for self-employed people. In the Budget of 8 March 2017, he announced that Class 4 NIC rate for the self-employed would rise by 1% t

Making the right impression

A long-established family-owned printing company is fashioning a role for itself servicing businesses across the North West and beyond. Top Print, based in Penketh, Warrington, has been established for more than 30 years delivering copy, print and design services to companies and orga

The Chancellor’s first – and last – Spring Budget

The 2017 Spring Budget will be the last of its type. Probably. The publication of the Finance Bill in the spring/summer of this year will presage a change in Parliamentary proceedings. A second Budget in autumn 2017 followed by a Spring Statement in 2018 marks the start of a process e

TRP under starters orders for racecourse project

Leading structural engineering specialist TRP Consulting has been appointed to work on the creation of a new hotel at Doncaster Racecourse – home of the world’s oldest ‘classic’ horse race. WNJ client TRP Consulting, which is based in Manchester, specialises in providing civil, struct

Digital tax revolution moves closer

The Government is pushing ahead with its controversial digital tax plan despite widespread concern and calls from MPs for it to be pushed back by at least 12 months. The influential Common’s Treasury Committee had warned that HMRC’s plan to launch the use of digital tax records of bus
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Beware the pension pot pitfalls

Tens of thousands of people may have paid the wrong tax on lump-sum pension withdrawals made under new rules that came into existence in April 2015, according to the Daily Telegraph. The newspaper says that at least 232,000 people drew down money from pensions in the 2015 to 2016 tax

MPs call for digital tax move delay

The government’s digital tax plan could now be pushed back by at least a year following the call for a delay by the influential Common’s Treasury Committee. THE MPs on the committee have said that HMRC’s plan to mandate the use of digital tax records of businesses by April next year d

Jigsaw’s potential is no puzzle

Mike Gregory believes he has solved the small business puzzle of delivering cost-effective marketing with a new advertising business he aims to roll out across the UK. He set up Jigsaw Taxi Advertising last September after identifying through his work as a business consultant that sma

2016: A year of business challenges

There’s no doubt that the news agenda of 2016 was dominated by Brexit – both before and after the results of the referendum. However, that wasn’t the only subject SMEs and business owners had to get to grips with over the past 12 months. It has been another year of challenges – and op

Inheritance tax hits an all-time high

A recent report in the Daily Telegraph has once again brought home the impact inheritance tax is having on families across the country. According to the newspaper, every day an average of 109 families who have lost a loved one also face the further challenge of having to pay the tax t