Tax

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has announced that the Budget will take place on Monday 29 October. Breaking with the tradition of a Wednesday in November, perhaps in a bid to avoid the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the government is expected to set out its plans ‘to build a stronger, more prosperous economy, building on the recent Spring Statement and last yea ...

HMRC is warning that taxpayers could face penalties if they fail to declare their income on foreign assets before new ‘Requirement to Correct’ legislation comes into force. HMRC is urging UK taxpayers to come forward and declare any foreign income or profits on offshore assets before 30 September to avoid higher tax penalties. New legislation called ‘Requirement to Correct’ r ...

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According to the latest statistics 121,500 first-time buyers have saved a total of £284,000,000 following the introduction of a relief for first-time buyers under the Stamp Duty Land Tax rules which apply in England and Northern Ireland. Over the next five years, it is estimated that this relief, part of the UK government’s housing policy will help over 1 million people gettin ...

Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul”, died intestate, leaving a fortune estimated at $80 million (£62.4 million). In addition to Aretha Franklin, a list of celebrities who have also died intestate, include: Rik Mayall; Amy Winehouse; Michael Jackson; Bob Marley; Pablo Piccasso; Jimi Hendrix. There are approximately 30 million adults in the UK, who do not have a Will ...

IHT, Tax

Inheritance tax (IHT) as it is understood  today was introduced in 1796 as a levy on the wealthy, but rising property prices and tax thresholds that have not kept pace with inflation mean that the number of estates that fall into the IHT net is ever growing. A series of exemptions have been introduced to allow families to give away more of their assets tax-free, but the system ...

IHT, Tax

HMRC has highlighted that three million UK couples have already taken advantage of Marriage Allowance but a million more are still eligible for the tax break. The Marriage Allowance allows certain couples, where neither pay tax at more than the basic rate, to transfer 10% of their unused personal allowance to their spouse or civil partner, reducing their tax bill by up to £238 ...

Tax

The Bank of England has raised the interest rate from 0.5% to 0.75%. The quarter of a percentage point rise sets the rate at its highest level since March 2009. The rise in the interest rate will no doubt increase the interest costs of residential mortgages that have variable or tracker rates. It will be interesting to see if the rise in the rate is passed on to savers. In re ...

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The Government is reminding ‘stressed out parents’ that help may be available for childcare costs during the summer holidays. According to a YouGov poll, 31% of parents feel stressed trying to arrange childcare for the school holidays. The poll, for HMRC, also found that around 30% of parents worried about balancing their job and school holiday childcare. With 54% admitting th ...

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Inheritance Tax (IHT) in the UK is widely misunderstood and the subject of a number of myths. Here are five of them….. Myth 1: My partner will inherit everything free of IHT Many people assume that if they are married or in a civil partnership, IHT will not be an issue for them. But they may be wrong, as the family of comedian Rik Mayall discovered a few years ago. Although t ...

Today (25 May) marks the biggest change to UK data protection law in a generation.    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an evolution of the current Data Protection Act (1998) and comes into effect today. Regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the new law gives people more control about how their data is used, shared and stored and requires or ...