Residence Nil Rate Band. What is it?

Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) is an allowance for people who pass on their property to their children, grandchildren or using the legal term “lineal descendants”. It’s an allowance that can be used to reduce your Inheritance Tax (IHT) burden. At the moment the RNRB allowance stands at £125,000 per person increasing by £25,000 each [...]

2019-02-18T13:07:08+00:00 March 4th, 2019|News|

Inheritance Tax: IHT planning is key.

Whether it’s called Estate Duty, Capital Transfer Tax or now Inheritance Tax (IHT) death duties have been around for centuries. The purpose of these taxes has always been the same. To raise revenue for the Chancellor. Initially, the tax was aimed at only the very rich but over the years the bar has lowered with [...]

2019-01-23T15:58:06+00:00 January 3rd, 2019|News|

Are “Care Plans” a good way of capping, care fee costs?

Care Plans or to give them their technical name – Immediate needs annuities. These plans are designed to provide an income for life in exchange for a lump sum investment. The income is paid out regardless of how long the plan holder may live. These type of plans are only available to people who have [...]

2018-09-01T11:48:03+00:00 September 24th, 2018|News|

Flexi-access drawdown. Is it right for your pension?

Until about ten years ago most people bought an annuity with their pension "pots" on retirement. Over the years buying an annuity this has fallen out of favour. This has been due in part to the fact that many felt it was unfair that you needed to lock in your future pension returns at some [...]

2018-08-20T10:42:20+00:00 September 10th, 2018|News|

What do you know about your parent’s finances? Part two.

This is the second of a series of articles about the difficult questions you need to be asking your elderly parents. In the first article, we looked at the importance of ensuring that there is a financial plan in place and the need to have a record of your parent's assets. As mentioned before this [...]

2018-07-02T16:30:23+00:00 July 12th, 2018|News|

Tax allowances. Use them or lose them.

By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner based in Bedford. Having just had the Chinese New Year on Friday 16th February, we are looking ahead to the next New Year in our calendar, or rather, the end of the current year.  That year is the tax year, which runs from 6th April – 5th April each [...]

2018-02-21T15:50:12+00:00 February 19th, 2018|News|

Venture Capital Trusts and Enterprise Investment Schemes

Should they be included in your retirement portfolio? As retirement planning becomes increasingly more complicated, holding Venture Capital Trusts (VCT's) or  Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS's) in your portfolio may prove beneficial. Venture Capital Trusts. VCTs are companies that are listed on the London Stock Exchange. They are run by a fund manager and aim to [...]

2018-08-21T16:07:56+00:00 December 5th, 2017|News|

When there’s a will….there’s an executor.

Executors are feeling more confident in administrating a will themselves. Below are some of the key duties that you need to undertake if you decided that doing it yourself is for you. Your role as an executor of the will. Register the death. Register the death at a local register office. You'll need the lasted copy [...]

2018-02-21T15:50:42+00:00 October 16th, 2017|News|

Inheritance tax. Why pay this optional tax?

People generally plan for the short term. We tend to concentrate on generating wealth and accumulating assets such as property or shares to protect our families. Both now and in retirement. However, what happens after we die? Arranging funeral expenses may be the only action we take. By doing this we are helping to build [...]

2018-02-21T15:50:49+00:00 September 4th, 2017|News|

Tax – Why not use your estate planning exemptions?

No one likes to pay more tax than they should. Below are some of the key exemption to reduce your inheritance tax. So to kick off- Annual Exemption relating to inheritance tax. This allowance did not change at the budget and still stands at £3,000. This can be transferred each year without any tax consequences. If [...]

2018-08-21T17:00:38+00:00 April 24th, 2017|News|