Capital gains tax and how to reduce it.

There are many ways to reduce your capital gains tax (CGT) liability. In this article, we will look at some of the most common options available to you. Make the most of your £12,000 (2019/20) annual CGT exemption. A "reported loss" on a "chargeable asset" can be deducted from the capital gains you made in [...]

2019-07-24T14:28:53+01:00 August 5th, 2019|News|

Tax return: Don’t miss your July deadline!

The tax office is very good at highlighting the need to get your tax return submitted by the end of January each year. We cannot miss those television and newspaper ads. But when it comes to the 31st of July, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customers (HMRC) is very quiet. When is a July tax return [...]

2019-07-25T16:22:03+01:00 July 29th, 2019|News|

Estate planning. What is legal and what is not

So what is legal and what is not when it comes to estate planning? For a long time, there was a clear distinction between tax avoidance and tax evasion. Tax avoidance being legal and tax evasion being illegal. Since the banking crash in 2008, the Inland Revenue has taken strong measures to discourage what it [...]

2019-07-23T14:57:33+01:00 July 25th, 2019|News|

Start now for next year’s tax return. Our top tips.

I would urge you now to start planning for your next tax return.  Don't leave it to the last minute and avoid all that last minute stress. Recent figures from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) show that over 93% of people who were required to submit a self–assessment tax return did so by the [...]

2019-06-21T15:17:04+01:00 April 30th, 2019|News|

Paying too much tax on your pension?

Many financial planners fear that people are paying more tax than they need to because they do not fully understand the rules around withdrawing money from their pension. When the pension freedoms came into force back in April 2015, one of the key changes was the introduction of what is known as "Flexible-Access Drawdown". Which [...]

2019-04-25T12:14:34+01:00 April 15th, 2019|News|

Venture Capital Trusts. Are they suitable for you?

Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) are investment companies that are listed on the London Stock Exchange and are run by a Fund Manager.  They offer investors the chance to invest in small firms to help them grow. A VCT is highly tax-efficient as the government offers generous tax breaks to VCT investors.  They currently attract income [...]

2018-11-12T14:40:03+01:00 November 15th, 2018|News|

Do you want to be a “Silver Striver”? The dos and don’ts.

What is a silver striver I hear you ask? Is it a new superhero from Marvels Infinity Wars film? Well no, a silver striver is the new term being used by marketing types for people who are working past their retirement date. If this is something that you are considering out of choice or necessity [...]

2018-05-29T14:06:34+01:00 May 28th, 2018|News|

Budget November 2017.The key points.

The key points to the November 2017 Budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his second Budget on 22nd November. Below is a summary of the key points from his speech:  Stamp Duty & Housing.  Stamp duty to be abolished immediately for first time buyers purchasing property worth up to £300,000. £44bn pledged to support building 300,000 [...]

2018-02-21T15:50:28+01:00 November 23rd, 2017|News|

Financial planning. How to pass on wealth in a prudent way?

With politicians trying to woo the young voters with sweeteners on tuition fees and a boost for Help to Buy. Parents can help now with sound financial planning. There are plenty of ways that parents can do more, from gifting money in a tax-efficient way, to passing on a pension or helping their children with [...]

2018-02-21T15:50:39+01:00 October 30th, 2017|News|