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Are you making best use of the reliefs and allowances for the tax year ahead?

20 April 2018

As we start another tax year, it is worth reviewing the tax reliefs and allowances you are entitled to, which have been refreshed and, in some cases, changed. There are now many reliefs and allowances for different types of income but, depending on what type of income is received, a liability to tax could now arise due to changes in the annual tax allowances for particular income categories.

No such thing as a common law spouse?

20 April 2018

According to the Office for National Statistics report: Families and Households: 2017, one in five couples living together in 2017 were not married or in a civil partnership. In total, around 3.3 million couples cohabit, more than double the 1.5 million number from 10 years ago. Of these couples, around 40 per cent have dependent children.

Trapdoors for residential property ownership

04 April 2018

Not only is most residential property now fully within the charge to inheritance tax, without careful planning tax charges can arise more than once and on loans and guarantees connected with the property.

Overview of private client compass
Gary Heynes

01 March 2018

We are delighted to launch the latest edition of private client compass. In this year’s publication and videos we present a range of common scenarios for things like succession planning, property ownership, for people in business or for international aspects of private client.

Residential landlords action needed

16 February 2018

From 6 April 2017, income tax relief restrictions for loan finance costs apply to residential landlords which, as they are phased in, will put financial pressure on many.

Mixed domicile marriages and civil partnerships – what does this mean for inheritance tax?
Sophie St John

05 February 2018

Many spouses and civil partners are under the impression that anything they give to each other is fully exempt from inheritance tax. This isn’t always the case if you’re a mixed domiciled couple.

Estate planning – could the 1956 UK / India double tax treaty provide inheritance tax relief for you?
Sophie St John

05 February 2018

Have you retained connections with India? Could the 1956 UK/India double tax treaty provide inheritance relief?

Private client

22 November 2017

The Autumn Budget held no great suprises for individual taxpayers, with a focus on entrepreurial investment and tightening anti-avoidance. It is also welcome that the chancellor continues the commitment to raise personal allowances and the starting point for paying higher rate tax.

The impact of 2016 changes to the pension annual allowance

20 October 2017

From 6 April 2016, the amount that can be contributed into an approved pension scheme each year (ie the annual allowance) for tax relief purposes has been reduced from £40,000 to just £10,000 for individuals whose ‘threshold income’ exceeds £110,000 and ‘adjusted income’ is more than £210,000 per tax year.

Private client legal services

19 October 2017

We offer assistance to individuals, their families and trustees on a wide range of legal issues relating to private clients wealth and estate planning with a particular focus on advising high net worth individuals, non-domiciled individuals and offshore trustees.

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