It’s good to give



Inheritance Tax exemptions Making a gift to your family and friends while you’re alive can be a very effective way to reduce the value of your estate for Inheritance Tax (IHT) purposes and benefit your loved ones immediately.

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Alternative exemptions



Reducing the amount of Inheritance Tax payable on other assets Business Depending on how you own the business and what type of business it is, you could receive either 50% or 100% tax relief on it. Business Relief reduces the value of a business or its assets when working out how much Inheritance Tax (IHT) has to […]

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Trusts



An important part of your estate preservation process If you want to mitigate the effects of Inheritance Tax (IHT) on your estate, trusts can be an important part of the process. When you put cash, property or investments in a trust, provided certain conditions are satisfied, you don’t own it any more. This means it […]

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Money Purchase Annual Allowance



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Reduction to prevent inappropriate double tax relief Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his first and last Autumn Statement to Parliament on Wednesday 23 November 2016.

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Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket



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Holding a blend of assets to help you navigate the volatility of markets One of the most effective ways to manage investment risk is to spread your money across a range of assets that, historically, have tended to perform differently in the same circumstances. This is called ‘diversification’.

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Delegating power



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When you are unable to make your own decisions More than two million Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) registrations will have been filed by the end of 2016, with the number of appointments more than trebling between 2010 and 2015.

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Top Trump



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Winners and losers from the seismic US election result After a long and brutal US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump emerged victorious, winning 279 electoral votes and 47.5% of the popular vote. Republicans also maintained majorities in the House and the Senate.

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2016/17 Year End Planning



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Keeping your taxes as low as possible – what you may wish to consider sooner rather than later The 2016/17 year end for tax planning purposes is now only a matter of months away, with the deadline approaching on 5 April. Effective tax planning is about knowing the personal and business taxes you are liable […]

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Forgotten pensions



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Out of sight, out of mind The extent to which pension policies are being forgotten has been revealed in research from Aviva. A survey of almost ten thousand people who hold a pension has revealed that just under one in eight (13%) admitted they have at least one pension that they had forgotten about[1]. This […]

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