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Tax efficient investments
Karen Clark

01 March 2018

Generous tax reliefs are available through the use of individual savings accounts and through investment in private companies.

Act now if you want to pay your tax by credit card RSM warns
Karen Clark

04 January 2018

RSM is advising taxpayers wishing to pay their tax by credit card to act now before HMRC stops accepting personal credit card payments.

Charity tax relief stats shed light on UK population's charitable giving

04 July 2017

The latest charitable tax relief statistics have been released by HMRC, and a few interesting facts emerge about the UK population’s charitable giving.

Action needed by trusts to comply with beneficial owner register requirements

04 July 2017

Action is needed by trusts to comply with a new requirement for a beneficial ownership register for trusts operated by HMRC. New trusts within the scope will need to register by 5 October 2017 and information on existing trusts must be provided by 31 January 2018.

Changes in inheritance tax laws encourage charitable giving

31 May 2017

Back in the March 2011 Budget, the Chancellor announced a cut in the rate of inheritance tax (IHT) for those leaving at least 10 per cent of their estate to a charity. Since then, statistics show there has been a sharp increase in the amount of charitable donations left in wills with an accompanying rise in the tax relief granted, suggesting that the policy is working as intended. Sadly though, there also seems to have been an increase in family members challenging wills where the family feel they have been disadvantaged as a result of the charitable bequests.

Landlords: beware when incorporation sounds too good to be true

09 May 2017

The internet is awash with information for landlords on the benefits of incorporation, but the promised tax reliefs will not be available to all. Landlords are therefore advised to seek advice relating to their own specific circumstances before rushing to incorporate. Unfortunately in tax if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Individual taxation and fairness

18 April 2017

As we know, the Chancellor was forced into an embarrassing U-turn only a week later on the basis that the 2015 Conservative Party election manifesto had promised no increase in NIC (or VAT or income tax) rates: it is perhaps strange that no advisers pointed this out to Mr Hammond before he made his Budget speech.

Why the new tax year makes planning ahead even more important

05 April 2017

The start of a new tax year is a reminder that it is never too early to plan your affairs tax efficiently for the coming year. Making plans now can help maximise reliefs and allowances, aid cash flow through the understanding of what tax is payable and when, and avoid a last minute dash to the finish line this time next year.

Are you ready for the tax year end?

17 March 2017

As the end of the tax year approaches, what claims and elections should you consider?

Do inheritance tax changes mean I should change my will?

14 March 2017

Some changes in inheritance tax law can affect your will. On 6 April 2017 the first tranche of the Residential Nil Rate Band (RNRB) of £100,000 will be introduced, with further increases up to a maximum of £175,000 by 6 April 2020. The conditions to qualify for the RNRB are such that careful Will drafting is required.

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