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Time to review your inheritance and trust fund arrangements?

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Thousands of families who set up “discretionary trusts” so they could leave property to children in a tax-efficient manner will miss out on the Government’s valuable new inheritance tax allowance unless they make significant changes to their will, it has been warned.

Homes left to children through a discretionary trust will not benefit from the “family home allowance”, worth up to £350,000 per couple from 2020, because assets do not pass directly to children. Discretionary trusts – the most common form of trust – were widely used in the past to minimise inheritance tax (IHT).

Pension reforms leaves an “open trap door” for 70% tax charge on withdrawals

Accounting, Budgets, Investments, Pensions, Personal Tax l

Thousands of older savers who use the new pension freedoms to pay off debts could be forced to pay 70% tax on withdrawals they expected to be tax-free if they continue to save for retirement, pension experts have warned.

A little-known quirk in the rules designed to prevent pensioners abusing the tax system means that even over‑55s with modest pensions are at risk of unwittingly breaking official savings limits. Tweaks which mean the rules now affect far more people were quietly made in April this year.

Taxation of dividends – changes on the horizon

Accounting, Businesses, Investments, Personal Tax, Shares l

DividendsSince the Summer Budget, a topic dominating discussions with owners of shares has been the Chancellor’s proposed new tax on company dividends.

As a reminder, the Finance Bill 2016 will abolish the 10% tax credit on dividend income, which will cease to be grossed up in personal tax computations from 6 April 2016. In its place will be a £5,000 dividend tax allowance.

Until now we had no firm details about how this dividend tax allowance will fit within the structure of personal allowances and tax rates, however the accounting profession has been working with the Treasury to produce some guidance which should be published on GOV.UK in the next few days.

Are you claiming all the available tax relief on your commercial property?

Accounting, Businesses, CGT, Corporation Tax, Investments, Personal Tax, Property, Uncategorized l

Cartoon-SkylineMost business owners assume that their accountant will ensure that the tax bill each year is minimised – that’s what you pay our fees for isn’t it?

Unfortunately, with commercial property, many accountants do not make all the tax claims available as they don’t have the expertise to obtain the necessary information to make the claim in house. This means you could be missing out on accelerating how quickly you get tax relief for your investment, leaving the claim for your purchase cost until you sell the property which is likely to be years if not decades away. Under the current tax rates this also means that you could be obtaining tax relief today at up to 45%, compared to only 10% upon sale.

Are you next on the taxman’s hitlist?

Accounting, Auditing, Businesses, CGT, Corporation Tax, IHT, Investments, National Insurance, Payroll, Pensions, Personal Tax, Property, Shares, Tax/VAT Cases, VAT l

Arthur DaleyTax crackdowns have arrived thick and fast in the past three years. Officials have targeted everyone from doctors to Avon ladies to claw back £35bn lost in unpaid tax each year – and more inquiries are in the pipeline.

Accountants claim that HM Revenue & Customs focuses on “soft targets” through special task forces that investigate specific job sectors.

CONFIRMED – Accountants are sexy beasts

About Us, Accounting, Auditing, Budgets, Businesses, CGT, Clients News, Company Secretarial, Corporation Tax, CSR, Growth, IHT, Investments, National Insurance, Payroll, Pensions, Personal Tax, Property, Shares, Tax/VAT Cases, Uncategorized, VAT l

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A £million prize flutter where you get your stake back if you lose? Too good to be true?

Investments, Personal Tax, Tax/VAT Cases l

imagesCACSE8UFDo you fancy a flutter where you get your stake back, and you could become a millionaire?

The amount which an individual can invest in Premium Bonds has risen from £30,000 to £40,000 a year from 1 June 2014, in a change aimed to support savers announced in the budget earlier this year. The investment limit will be raised again in 2015/16 to £50,000.