How salary sacrifice saves tax and boosts pensions

What is salary sacrifice, and does it really boost your pension pot? Employees can receive a range of benefits from employers, but there are many pros and cons that should be carefully considered.  Continue reading

Logic celebrates International Women’s Day

Logic celebrates International Women’s Day   These days, women can achieve anything men can – in sport, business, socially and during retirement. It wasn’t always that way. International Women’s Day celebrates the progress made, but calls for continued action to achieve gender parity in all aspects of life. International Women’s Day has been marked for over […]  Continue reading

Adviser clients are better off in retirement

Adviser clients are better off in retirement Clients of financial advisers can hope to be almost 39% a year better off in retirement. This is compared to those who opt to take financial decisions by themselves according to research by Dunstan Thomas. A survey by the firm found adviser clients could on average hope for a […]  Continue reading

Property landlords tax changes

Tax changes for property landlords (buy to let) : It was announced at summer Budget 2015 that tax relief available to landlords of residential properties for finance costs will be restricted to the basic rate of income tax. This will be phased in from April 2017 and will be fully in place from 6 April […]  Continue reading

What do dividend tax changes mean for trustees?

From 6 April 2016 dividends paid by UK companies and UK authorised mutual funds (i.e. Unit Trusts and OEICs) that are taxed as dividends (i.e. 40%+ invested in equities) no longer come with the non-reclaimable 10% tax credit. However, individuals will in future get a £5,000 dividend allowance, meaning dividends up to this amount will […]  Continue reading

The 2016 Budget at a glance

George Osborne presented his April 2016 Budget as a “Budget for future generations”.     Here’s the 2016 Budget at a glance – the main points are summarised below.   Income Taxes Personal allowance to increase to £11,500 in 2017/18 Higher rate tax threshold to increase to £45,000 from 2017/18 Class 2 NICs for self-employed […]  Continue reading

Is it worth marrying for money ?

Is it worth marrying for money ? Most of us marry for love, but tying the knot still brings financial advantages too. It’s commonly believed that co-habitees have the same rights as married couples but in fact this isn’t the case. The Government plans to introduce a married person’s tax break in April 2015. Rather […]  Continue reading