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Are you sleepwalking into a tax charge on your pension pot?

28 August 2018

Exceeding your Pension Lifetime Allowance can be very costly, and for many it comes as a nasty surprise; but more and more people are facing a significant tax charge. Could complicated pension rules be tripping up individuals?

Funding care – will the proposed Care ISA solve the crisis?

23 August 2018

Our social care system is in crisis and the solution it desperately needs is long overdue. But is an Inheritance Tax (IHT) exempt ISA the answer?

Surprise extension to the childcare voucher scheme
Jackie Hall

25 April 2018

In a surprise move, the Government has announced an extension of the existing childcare voucher (CCV) scheme, which will now remain open to new entrants until October 2018. The Government rolled out its new Tax-Free Childcare scheme earlier this year, but it is thought that concerns over the operation of the new scheme may be behind the extension.

Business Property Relief – it’s a business matter

25 August 2017

A recent tribunal case which considered the availability of Business Property Relief (BPR) on a livery business, could have much wider implications for landholders. The case of The Estate of Maureen W. Vigne v. HMRC is one of many involving arguments for or against the availability of BPR.

Who really bears the burden of tax?

03 May 2017

A recent House of Commons Briefing Paper on Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on residential property includes some interesting statistics, prompting us to consider the question – who really bears the burden of tax?

How can non-doms plan effectively without legislative certainty?

29 March 2017

We are about to see the most significant changes to the tax rules for non-domiciled individuals since their introduction many decades ago. However, those affected are unable to plan effectively as the relevant legislation has yet to be passed.

Private landlords should not sleep-walk into new tax rules

09 February 2017

The tax rules regarding buy-to-let property have long been complex. However things are about to become even more difficult for individuals who are landlords of residential property.

Is it time for yet another rethink on pensions

05 October 2016

Tax relief on pension contributions has for many years been the subject of lively debate and over recent years we have seen a plethora of legislative changes which have led not to the simple and fair system we would have liked, but to an ever more unsatisfactory and seemingly unfair approach.

National minimum wage is changing - watch out for the pitfalls

27 September 2016

Employers need to be on the ball and make sure changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates, effective from 1 October, are implemented on time.

Levelling the playing field

16 August 2016

The government looks set to level the playing field of salary sacrifice, but is this the best approach for a modern workforce? And will it impact the future recruitment of talent?

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