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How to reduce inheritance tax

Only around 5% of estates in the UK are liable for inheritance tax before being distributed to any beneficiaries or causes. That may sound like very few, but it should have been a key consideration for around 24,500 estates that had it deducted in 2015/16. Those...

Tax changes affecting landlords

It’s no secret that Devon and Cornwall are hotbeds for landlords with residential portfolios. Dig a little deeper and you will find many of those buy-to-let landlords are having to adapt to a raft of recently introduced tax measures. Mortgage interest relief Changes...

What next for auto-enrolment?

It’s fair to say that auto-enrolment, the Government’s workplace pension scheme, has been a big success since its introduction back in October 2012. Six-and-a-half years have now passed, since when more than 10 million employees have been automatically enrolled into...

Tax changes for 2019/20

With the UK experiencing its warmest February day on record last month, spring is in the air and with it comes a raft of tax changes for 2019/20. Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed these back in December when announcing his Budget 2018, but there was an elephant in...

Xero: your perfect business partner

When we speak to business owners, and we have talked to a lot of them during self-assessment season recently, one of the most pressing issues for them is lack of time. They talk about finding that elusive work/life balance so they can spend time with the family or...

New Year’s resolution: submit your tax return

It’s the New Year and time to make a difference: by not leaving your self-assessment tax return to the last minute. Last year, almost 1.3 million tax returns were submitted to HMRC on either 30 or 31 January 2018, while 4,852,744 returns were completed online...

Inheritance tax in 2019/20

Inheritance tax has been the subject of much conjecture, with overhauls suggested in the lead-up to almost every recent Budget. Various chancellors have so far resisted temptation to tinker with the inheritance tax system, although it seems likely the winds of change...

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