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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Ten tips to help you get on top of tax

If you’re self-employed it can feel like you’re on your own, especially when it comes to tax, so here are ten points to help you keep on top of matters.

Last updated 18 July 2014
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Good time to think about fixed-rate deal

The Bank of England base rate has been at 0.5 per cent for more than five years.

Last updated 18 July 2014
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Information highway delivering benefits

Technology, environmental and efficiency improvements are leading businesses to change the way information is used and held and financial information is no different in this regard.

Last updated 11 July 2014
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More interest on your mortgage?

That headline should of course read ‘you should have more interest in your mortgage’, but it is amazing just how many people have set up what is generally their biggest ever financial commitment and never read the small print.

Last updated 11 July 2014
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Students need to be vigilant on tax issues

As the schools finish for their annual summer break soon, many students will be starting their summer jobs for various reasons; saving up for college or university next year, to fund holidays – or simply because their parents told them to get out and do something!

Last updated 4 July 2014
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They are never too young to start saving

When our children eventually fly out from beneath our wings, they are likely to start their independent lives with bills or student debt.

Last updated 4 July 2014
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Pros and cons of fixed versus variable rate mortgages

If you are thinking of moving, the first thing you need to get to grips with is how you’re going to pay for your new house.

Last updated 27 June 2014
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How to get the most from changes to ISAs

Understanding exactly what you can save into cash ISAs and Stocks and shares ISAs each tax year has not always been easy, as you could use your full entitlement if saving into a stocks and shares version, but for the Cash ISA you could only invest half the amount.

Last updated 27 June 2014
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Let a letting agent help take the strain

Letting your property can feel daunting with the complexities of government legislation and health and safety to consider, but a ‘good agent’ will ensure that the process is as stress free as possible.

Last updated 20 June 2014
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Third time lucky for HMRC over trusts?

Trusts have been around since the 12th century when knights left their possessions in the hands of someone they “trusted” while they went off to fight.

Last updated 20 June 2014
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Shop around to get best mortgage deal

When you come to the end of the special deal period on your mortgage, it’s worthwhile looking to the market to see what else is currently on offer.

Last updated 13 June 2014
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New rules on arrears tougher for landlords

On April 6 this year, ‘Distress for Rent’ was replaced with ‘Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery’ (CRAR), as the correct legal process for landlords wishing to recover rent arrears by seizing goods from the tenants.

Last updated 13 June 2014
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Covering the costs of long-term care

One area that continues to be a major concern for many of my clients is the contentious subject of funding for long-term care.

Last updated 6 June 2014
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Precautions when you use plastic overseas

In the UK, we are generally accustomed to using our ‘plastic’ without charge, however, overseas card transactions often carry a cost.

Last updated 6 June 2014
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Buy to let not always easy route to riches

In the past many people have regarded buy to let as a means of making money quickly rather than as a long-term investment.

Last updated 30 May 2014
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Trusts: looking after assets for 900 years

From time to time the Government makes changes to the tax code, which are intended to hinder effective tax planning.

Last updated 30 May 2014
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Check the small print on mortgage offers

Buying a property is one of the biggest purchases you’re likely to make, and your mortgage will probably be your single biggest outgoing each month.

Last updated 23 May 2014
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Payroll is at heart of being AE compliant

News that Dunelm Soft Furnishings underpaid its initial auto-enrolment contributions by £143,000, as a result of a defective payroll system, highlights the importance for all employers to check when their staging dates are and to take appropriate action in good time.

Last updated 23 May 2014
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Balance what comes in and goes out

If you’ve ever asked yourself where all your money goes, or you always seem to have spent your salary before the next pay day, you need to consider budgeting.

Last updated 16 May 2014
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You can’t not die but you can reduce tax

It is sometimes said that death and taxes are unavoidable. With inheritance tax (IHT) these issues are combined which does, perhaps, explain why it is such an unpopular tax.

Last updated 16 May 2014
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