Entries by Matthew Johnson

A worrying tax gap

The tax policies of the main political parties came under the microscope during the general election and were the subject of wide and vigorous debate. However, while the pundits argued over the fine print it appears that most people still find the whole subject taxing, to say the least. More than 2,000 people were asked […]

New Government should delay IR35 changes

Whichever party wins the general election next month should delay changes to IR35, or ‘off-payroll working’, rules that are set to take effect in April 2020. The call comes from the Federation of Small Business (FSB) and it highlights fears that the move could have significant impact on some businesses and sole traders. The IR35 […]

Calls for small business support grow

UK business leaders are calling for decisive action to support struggling small firms. The Lancashire-headquartered Federation of Small Business (FSB) is calling for a major reduction in business rates bills for small firms, as thousands struggle to stay afloat amid spiralling operating costs. It is calling for the ‘Retail Discount’ – which allows small retailers […]

Why it doesn’t have to be taxing!

With so many tax topics currently impacting on small businesses, it is little wonder that it can be struggle to keep up leaving owners and managers feeling intimidated by the whole process. That is the starting point to a special information and advice session that WNJ is organising next month in conjunction with The Business […]

Construction VAT changes are delayed

Major changes to the way VAT is collected in the construction industry have been delayed until October 1 next year. It follows growing concerns that some businesses were not ready to implement the VAT ‘domestic reverse charge’ for building and construction which was set to come into force at the start of next month. The […]

Are you prepared for a cyber-attack?

IT is a staggering statistic. According to new research, small businesses in the UK are collectively subject to almost 10,000 cyber-attacks a day. One in five firms has revealed a cyber-attack has been committed against their business in the past two years. And more than seven million individual attacks are reported over the same period, […]

It doesn’t have to be taxing!

With so many tax topics currently impacting on SMEs it is little wonder that business owners struggle to keep up. That is the starting point to a special session WNJ is organising next month in conjunction with The Business Clinic. I’ll be delivering the advice clinic ‘Don’t Let Your Tax Become Taxing’ with my colleague […]

Construction set for big VAT shake-up

Major changes to the way VAT is collected in the construction industry are set to come into effect from October 1 and they are likely to have a big impact on SMEs in the sector. They need to act now to ensure their accounting systems and the way that they operate are ready for this […]

A secure approach to document exchange

WNJ is looking to further improve its communication links with clients through the adoption of the industry-leading Iris OpenSpace online platform. Firms like Iris have developed specific, secure communications portals. It means sensitive information such as tax returns and final accounts can be sent without the use of email. OpenSpace is a safe, simple and […]

Joint venture engineers bright future

Two well-established metalwork, engineering and fabrication businesses have come together in a new joint venture that is set to open up new markets and opportunities. WNJ played a key role in advising both Coppull-based Morgan Bros (Metalwork Solutions) and J L Engineering (Rixton) in agreeing a joint venture arrangement. Morgan Bros is a third-generation family […]