Chartered Accountants - Preston, Lancashire

We began as accountants in Preston in 1906, but we’re not stuck in the past. Accounting practices may have changed and technology has certainly moved on but our fundamental values of customer support, along with our determination to keep up to date with financial legislation haven’t changed one little bit.

We’ve got history and we have an enviable reputation across the region for actively supporting our clients, providing them with cost effective, reliable and friendly accountancy services.

As you’d expect, we provide end of year accounts, audits and taxation advice to every kind of client, be they a personal client or a business whether a start-up or long established organisation.

No, we’re certainly not stuck in the past; in fact, we’re one of Preston’s leading provider of cloud based accounting solutions as a Xero Partner.

If you’re looking for a Preston accountant, please contact us on 01772 259625 or email info@whiteheadandaldrich.co.uk. We promise you’ll get a very warm welcome.


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The current hot topic

Off-payroll working in the private sector

HMRC has launched a consultation on how to tackle non-compliance with the off-payroll working rules in the private sector and are asking for comments on the best way to do this.

HMRC estimates only 10% of PSCs that should apply the legislation actually do so, and the the cost of this is projected to increase from £700m in 2017/18 to £1.2bn in 2022/23.

This consultation provides an early evaluation of the public sector reform and invites responses on how best to deal with non-compliance in the private sector.

This consultation considers a number of potential options for tackling the non-compliance with the off-payroll working rules in the private sector. However, the fundamental principles of the off-payroll working rules, that the employment status test determines who should be taxed as employees, are not being considered as part of this consultation.

In respect of the public sector

‘HMRC has analysed PAYE data covering the first 10 months of the reform, from April 2017 to February 2018. This shows that in any given month since the reform was introduced, there are an estimated 58,000 extra individuals who are paying income tax and NICs undertaking work for a public authority above expected levels.

HMRC estimates that an additional £410 million of income tax and NICs has been remitted from these engagements, since the public sector reform was introduced.

On the basis of this evidence, the government’s assessment is that the public sector reform has been successful both in increasing tax compliance and resolving the compliance challenges faced by HMRC in enforcing the off-payroll working rules in the public sector.’

Private sector

‘The government considers extension of similar reform to the private sector to be the lead option which will effectively tackle non-compliance.’

The consultation closes on 10 August. We will keep you updated on this issue.

Internet link: GOV.UK consultation