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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 launched a consultation on draft proposals to ban pensions cold calling. Under the proposals, unsolicited marketing calls relating to pensions could be banned, alongside cold calls that offer a ‘free pension review’. The government also outlined its intention to ban cold calls that promote retirement income products, such as drawdown. The consultation closed on 17 A ...

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 ...

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We live in a world where families with young children often have both parents in full time employment. A decision is sometimes made for one parent stay at home and be a full time homemaker. This person may be the husband or wife. Life insurance is usually taken out to protect a family against the financial effects of the death of a breadwinner. The idea that a homemaker needs ...

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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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Ward Williams Financial Services Ltd (WWFS) are delighted to announce that we have decided to partner with Surrey Wildlife Trust for another year. As we have got to know the Surrey Wildlife Trust throughout our first partnership year we have been impressed with the breadth of work in which the Trust is involved and its dedication to preserving and improving our and our wildlif ...

HMRC has issued a warning to taxpayers regarding the latest tax refund scams. These scams are targeting individuals via email and SMS messages. HMRC is currently processing genuine tax refunds for the 2017/18 tax year and the fraudsters are sending scam messages which claim that taxpayers are entitled to a rebate. These messages go on to request that they provide their person ...

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 ...