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How grandparents can best plan to fund independent school fees

Buy into basic planning Take advantage of your own ISA allowance and start saving early in order to build up a good pot of money, in a wrapper that is free from income and capital gains taxes, by the time your grandchild is ready to start prep school. Within the current ISA framework, two grandparents can inject £200,000 within five years -...


Date: 28th January, 2019
Author: Alison Palmer

Pensions: More than just a tax-efficient way to save for retirement?

UK registered pensions and the assets held within them offer tax efficiencies. So, for those with relatively significant assets outside of pensions, it is worth considering whether they are the best arrangements to draw retirement income from. Succession planning Ultimately pensions are a tax-efficient structure capable of holding various...


Date: 28th January, 2019
Author: Michael Lapham

Budget 2018 - Increased personal allowance from 6 April 2019

From 6 April 2019 the personal allowance is set to increase from £11,850 to £12,500 and with this comes an increase in the threshold at which an individuals’ income and capital gains are subject to higher rate tax too. Currently the threshold for higher rate tax is £34,500 and this will be increased to £37,500...


Date: 1st November, 2018
Author: Michael Lapham

Budget 2018 - Selling your home?

The Chancellor has once again used the Budget to make the ownership of second homes less tax friendly; this time with a number of changes to the capital gains tax reliefs available when selling a property which has at any time been your main residence. This measure will go further and impact not only those with buy-to-let properties but anyone who...


Date: 1st November, 2018
Author: Courtney Halifax

Non-resident company owners of UK property

The past few years have brought multiple changes to UK tax law applicable to owners of UK property. Many of the changes have been targeted at overseas holders of UK residential property many of whom occupy them occasionally only or not at all. Capital Gains Tax (CGT) We have already seen the introduction of CGT on disposal by non-residents of UK...


Date: 22nd October, 2018
Author: Alison Palmer

Main residence nil-rate band reminder

The ability to pass on additional wealth to younger generations free of Inheritance Tax (IHT) is forefront of mind for many of our clients. The good news is that from 6 April 2018, the new main Residence Nil-Rate Band (RNRB) legislation provides an improved position for IHT planning. In certain circumstances, this determines an extra £125,000...


Date: 22nd October, 2018
Author: Henry Lowe

Buying property for the children

Parents often want to help their children buy a first property but that is sometimes mixed with concern about the potential risk of losing some of the family wealth - for example, if the child enters a relationship that fails with the risk that some assets are shared with the partner. For the purposes of this article, the child is aged 18 or over....


Date: 22nd October, 2018
Author: Liz Cuthbertson

Tales of the unexpected : UK tax where you didn’t think you would find it….

We have seen several examples recently of overseas individuals discovering that they have a UK tax problem, even if they have never visited that country. Lisa Spearman is a partner with Mercer & Hole, a top 40 UK firm and founder member of TIAG. Lisa sets out some signposts to watch out for which could indicate that UK tax could be an issue....


Date: 19th October, 2018
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

So you think you are a non-dom?

There is a tendency mention the phrase “non-dom” and assume that it applies to anyone who has a non-UK background or alternatively that it applies only to the super rich. Neither is the whole story. It is crucial to be clear what the phrase means and check its applicability before considering the preparation of tax returns or...


Date: 13th September, 2018
Author: Lisa Spearman

Pensions, Property and Inheritance Tax

The Inheritance Tax (IHT) advantages available to non-UK domiciliaries have been curtailed by extending the scope of IHT to include all UK residential property regardless of the ownership structure in place. It is therefore an opportune time to remind or familiarise oneself with the tax efficiencies offered by contributing to a UK registered...


Date: 3rd May, 2018
Author: Michael Lapham

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