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Tax Planning
October 2019
New tax year
Tax Planning
October 2019
  The key changes you need to know You want to pay the minimum amount of tax legally possible. We want that for you, too. The 2019/20 tax year started on 6 April and in general taxpayers will have more money in their pocket after increases to allowances came into force, but there are a few losers, in particular those selling shares and buy-to-let landlords. Read full article
Insurance
October 2019
Life insurance options
Insurance
October 2019
  When it comes to your life insurance, you’ve got options If you want to continue to make sure your family are looked in the event of your premature death, then you should consider your life insurance options. Life is complicated and can be unpredictable, so it’s important that you assess which different types of life insurance match your requirements. Read full article
Pensions
October 2019
Unlocked pension savings
Pensions
October 2019
  Critical gap in consumer awareness Drawdown allows most pension holders to withdraw a tax-free lump sum and reinvest the remainder as an income. But hundreds of thousands of DIY drawdown investors are unaware they can scale back or stop their withdrawals, putting them in danger of draining their retirement savings too rapidly, according to new research[1]. Read full article
Tax Planning
October 2019
Stocks & Shares ISAs
Tax Planning
October 2019
  Investing in a wide range of different tax-efficient investments Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) can be used to hold stocks and shares or cash, or any combination of these, up to the current annual limit. An ISA is a tax-efficient ‘wrapper’ that can be used to help save you tax. Read full article
Inheritance Tax
October 2019
Residence nil-rate band
Inheritance Tax
October 2019
  How to apply the additional threshold The Inheritance Tax residence nil-rate band (RNRB) came into effect on 6 April 2017. The RNRB provides an additional nil-rate band where an individual dies on or after 6 April 2017, owning a residence which they leave to direct descendants. During the 2019/20 tax year, the maximum RNRB available is £150,000. This rises in £175,000 in 2020/21, after which it will be indexed in line with the Consumer Prices Index. Read full article
Pensions
October 2019
What you need to know
Pensions
October 2019
  Winners and losers under the new State Pension The figures for people qualifying for the full new State Pension following its introduction in April 2016 reveal almost two in five pensioners (365,290 people, or 38% of claimants) receive less than £150 a week, while a further 314,290 people (33% of claimants) receive more than £150 a week[1]. Read full article
Trusts
October 2019
Investment trusts
Trusts
October 2019
  Making money by investing in other companies An investment trust is a public company that raises money by selling shares to investors, and then pools that money to buy and sell a wide range of shares and assets. Different investment trusts will have different aims and different mixes of investments. Read full article
Retirement Planning
October 2019
Retirement resilience
Retirement Planning
October 2019
  Taking the reins and having more control over your pension pot Saving for retirement is one of our greatest financial priorities, especially as life expectancy is growing and retirements are likely to last longer. It may be the case that you’d prefer to take the reins and have more control over your pension pot. For appropriate investors, one option to consider is a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP). Read full article
Pensions
October 2019
Lost Pensions
Pensions
October 2019
  Make sure your pension savings don’t get left behind The employment landscape has evolved significantly over the last few decades, and changing jobs multiple times before retirement is now very much the norm. Even if you have not had that many jobs, you may still have a number of different pensions to keep track of. Read full article
Inheritance Tax
October 2019
Making financial gifts
Inheritance Tax
October 2019
  Passing on your assets effectively whilst you’re alive Some people like to transfer some of their assets whilst they are alive – these are known as ‘lifetime transfers’. Whilst we are all free to do this whenever we want, it is important to be aware of the potential implications of such gifts with regard to Inheritance Tax. The two main types are potentially exempt transfers (PETs) and chargeable lifetime transfers (CLTs). Read full article