Lifetime Allowance Charge

 This month we look at how to protect yourself against the Lifetime Allowance Charge, the forthcoming revisions to pension tax and the new debt recovery powers of HMRC. Thursday, 1st January 2015 Pensions reminder: Protect against the Lifetime Allowance Charge George Osborne has introduced protection against the

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Year & Tax Planning

Year End Planning. This month we look at tax planning, auto-enrolment, tax relief on pensions and annuities Saturday, 1st February 2014 The start of the year is the perfect opportunity to review your tax affairs and finances since it is the lead up to the end of the tax year on

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Child trust funds and Long-term care

Monday, 7th October 2013 This month we look at child trust funds and long-term care Transferring Child Trust Funds to Junior ISAs Since eligibility for new Child Trust Funds (CTFs) ended in January 2011, with the Junior ISA introduced as a successor account

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What do the changes to the State Pension mean for you?

Monday, 1st April 2013 What do the changes to the State Pension mean for you? As part of its plan to give people clarity about what they can expect to receive when they retire or reach old age, the government is introducing a single-tier State Pension from 2016-17. To qualify for the

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Helping you weather the storm

Friday, 1st February 2013 Helping you weather the storm With the first businesses already affected by auto-enrolment, and almost every employer required to make payroll returns using Real Time Information (RTI) next year, the stage is set for a perfect storm. Auto-enrolment requires every employer to automatically enrol all employees aged between

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An overview of auto-enrolment

Saturday, 1st September 2012 An overview of auto-enrolment New research by Scottish Widows shows that over half of eligible employees are unaware of auto-enrolment. Furthermore, while 52 percent of those surveyed – equivalent to almost 10 million employees – were not aware of the reforms, businesses are also struggling with the

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The benefits of relevant life policies

May 2012 Newsletter The benefits of relevant life policies  While death in service schemes are no longer subject to an earnings cap or limit on the level of cover, there are other potential pitfalls for high earners and small businesses. The lump sum payments from such schemes count towards an individual’s lifetime

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Business booster may offer tax breaks

Wednesday, 1st February 2012 Business booster may offer tax breaks Chancellor George Osborne has launched a new scheme designed to provide extra funding for small businesses, plus attractive tax breaks for investors. Mr Osborne unveiled the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) during his Autumn Statement speech on 29th November. He told MPs that,

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