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October Focus – Planning to save Tax

“Planning” is the process of deciding in detail how to do something before you actually start to do it – it’s sensible and it fits a calendar! It’s what we do! Failing to plan where financial planning is possible, is the process of witnessing opportunities disappear through the perforations of our financial life – it…
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September Focus – Your Payslip Tax Code explained

According to recent research(1), approximately 14.3 million people across the UK (44% of employees – 7% in the last year alone) have paid too much tax as a result of being on the wrong tax code. HMRC sometimes makes errors (allegedly 2.8 million times last year) with deductions, or other elements of their calculation such…
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June Focus – Tax Rules and Financial Gifts

You will have read in the first item in our Techie Stuff section (oh yes you have … you know you have!) about HMRC’s concerns about taxpayers making gifts without appreciating that rules exist about how, when gifts are made, there may be Inheritance Tax consequences. But HMRC are not the only ones to have…
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April Focus – A Tax Special

Income Tax – The personal allowance is reduced by £1 for every £2 of income above £100,000 * Consider transferring income yielding assets to a spouse or civil partner to maximise your allowances. Capital Gains Tax – The annual exemption for 2019/20 is £12,000 * Married couples and civil partners can consider transferring assets to…
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May Focus – Financial Advantages of Marriages and Civil Partnerships

With the Royal Wedding only a few days away, we want to enter into the spirit of this wonderful event and, in doing so, are prompted to reflect on the financial advantages (well, we would wouldn’t we!) of saying ‘I do’ … A marriage or civil partnership can be a beautiful union of minds and…
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April Focus – Taxation Rules on Pension Schemes

This Focus is necessarily somewhat longer than usual. It holds a very important message for anyone who is a member of a pension scheme. It is based on our understanding of taxation matters that involve quite complex rules. Money Purchase Pension Schemes – Death Benefits As discussed in our October 2017 Focus (recent Focuses can…
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March Focus – Tax Year End Reminders…

Tax Year End Reminders: Use’em or lose’em! Just a few weeks left to check your annual allowances and exemptions. The Tax Year ends in a few weeks’ time on the 5th April. Before that we have the last ever Spring Budget Speech on the 8th March. UK taxpayers have a number of annual tax allowances…
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December Focus – The Last Autumn Statement

Not a vintage offering this, the last ever, Autumn Statement! Underwhelming for many, but there were some items on the vine that were worthy of harvesting regarding tax, savings, and pensions.         Here are some that might affect you:   – An increase in the tax-free personal allowance to £11,500 and the…
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November Focus – Pensions Lifetime Allowance

The pensions lifetime allowance (LTA), the amount savers can place in their pension pot and still claim tax relief, is now down to £1m – down from £1.8m when it was set just five years ago in 2011-12. Any savings in excess of the LTA will potentially attract tax at 55%! So is it the…
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