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Monday, 30 March 2015

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Money Matters advice from the experts

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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 1 May 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

How to escape being a mortgage prisoner

Many people are finding themselves in a situation where they could be described as mortgage prisoners, but unlike most prisoners they may not know they are locked up.

Last updated 9 May 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Don’t fall foul of DIY disasters by tenants

Landlords should be aware of the potential problems that can occur when they give tenants permission to decorate their property during a tenancy.

Last updated 9 May 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Protection important in real world as well

My last few articles have looked at wealth accumulation through investment or retirement planning and the various routes an investor could consider to achieve their objectives.

Last updated 2 May 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Help is at hand when buying first house

Buying your first property can appear a daunting experience but with the right help along the way it should not be as stressful as many would make it out to be.

Last updated 2 May 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Guest house owners getting bedded in

Some people say that running a guest house can be a little like having a new baby – lots of early mornings, plenty of laundry and a likely negative impact on your social life.

Last updated 25 April 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

More choice in ISAs thanks to new rules

There has been much noise made around changes to pension legislation since the Chancellor delivered his latest budget and I have covered some of these in recent articles, but today I wanted to look another area of change: ISAs.

Last updated 25 April 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Will the new pension reforms affect you?

Having listened to many budgets over the years, I cannot think of one which introduced such radical reforms to retirement planning as the March 2014 budget did.

Last updated 24 April 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Savers could benefit from offset mortgage

The low interest rates over the last few years may have been good news for borrowers, but the same cannot be said for savers.

Last updated 24 April 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

New tax year brings changes to allowance

With the clocks going forward and the lighter nights upon us it can only mean one thing – it is the dawn of a new tax year.

Last updated 11 April 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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