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Making lemonade: How to take advantage of weak markets

19 May 2020

The sharp drop in asset values caused by the coronavirus crisis may represent an opportunity to reorganise your wealth in a way that could benefit you and your families significantly in the long term.

Intestacy: what happens if you die without a wiIl?

23 April 2020

When an individual dies without leaving a valid will, they are said to have died intestate. Discover the ramifications of this.

Is it time to review your will?

14 April 2020

Under the laws of England and Wales, broadly speaking we all have the freedom to dispose of our personal assets (including interests in family businesses) as we wish. But that freedom relies on us leaving a valid will that sets out what should happen to our assets when we die.

Loan charge review - what should you do now?

26 February 2020

The loan charge is an anti-avoidance measure to counter ‘disguised remuneration’ schemes where individuals were paid in the form of loans, replacing all or part of their salary.

2019/20 year-end tax planning considerations

26 February 2020

Taking simple and effective actions now could result in significant reductions to your 2019/20 and future personal tax liabilities. The next Budget is on 11 March 2020; although the Conservative manifesto ruled out increases to income tax, VAT or national insurance, could tax increases be made in disguise?

The cost of sharing

24 January 2020

What are the tax considerations of buying a property with the support from ‘the bank of mum and dad’. In these cases, it’s easy to miss the complexities of the tax system and accidentally get things wrong.

Unreasonable excuses for late filings?

24 January 2020

The 31 January tax return deadline is coming soon. If you are due to complete a return, please bear in mind that a late return can produce painful results – regardless of the outlandish excuses provided to HMRC.

Succession and the law

19 December 2019

Mortality, no one really likes to think about it. Some people’s view is “what do I care? I’ll be long gone”. Others prefer to leave their affairs in as orderly a state as possible. Whichever camp you are in, legal steps need to be taken. Find out what the most tax efficient steps and actions available to you are.

Cryptocurrency - tax and governance of the new financial frontier

02 December 2019

At its height in December 2017, bitcoin reached a value of over $19,000, only to trade for under $4,000 for much of early 2019. It is not an exaggeration to say that cryptocurrency fortunes were made and lost over this period, and cryptocurrencies are now a fact of investment life. Aside from obvious concerns about volatility and which option to back, ‘crypto’ creates administrative challenges for trustees and company directors. For example, consider two areas: tax treatment and money-laundering.

Could the 1956 UK / India Estate Tax Treaty help you with your estate planning?
Sophie St John

14 November 2019

Some individuals of Indian origin may find they can benefit from the 1956 double tax treaty between the UK and India (the Treaty); a treaty which after more than six decades still remains in place.

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