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Our latest news, views and opinions for the business, financial and investing sectors, including personal finance.

Beating the Child Benefit Tax Trap

As a reminder, where one parent earns above £50,000, a “high income child benefit tax charge” is levied on that earner with the effect that there is a 1% tax charge for every £100 that their income exceeds £50,000. By the time income reaches £60,000, the charge is equal to…

Why Make a Will?

Ahead of Will Aid in November, we look at the rules that apply on intestacy: where someone dies without making a Will, and some of the key reasons why it’s worth making a Will.  In England and Wales, the rules on intestacy were amended in October 2014, so that when…

Capital Taxes: Inheritance tax v Capital Gains Tax

Inheritance Tax (IHT) was formerly known as Capital Transfer Tax. It is worth knowing that the capital gains tax (CGT) liability on an asset is usually extinguished on death and the beneficiary inheriting the asset is deemed to acquire the asset at probate value. This can lead to a dilemma…

Pension Transfers in Ill Health – HMRC lose appeal in legal case

In the case of Mrs Staveley deceased, Mrs Staveley owned a “section 32” pension plan which she transferred into a personal pension plan with AXA. At the time the transfer occurred Mrs Staveley already knew she was in serious ill health and following her death shortly afterwards, HMRC claimed inheritance…

Deduction of tax on Unit Trust interest payments

Since the introduction of the Personal Savings Allowance with effect from 6th April 2016, 95% of taxpayers have no tax to pay on their savings income, including interest.   Because of this, the obligation on banks and building societies to deduct tax at source from payments of interest on accounts…

Banning Pension Cold Calling

The advent of the Pension Freedom rules introduced in April 2015 has unfortunately led to an increase in the number of scams seeking to deprive clients of their pension funds.   Following a campaign launched by a Derbyshire-based financial adviser and which was supported by a number of industry bodies…

Self-Assessment First-Timers need to Register

HMRC is urging first-time Self-Assessment customers to register for a Personal Tax Account. The changes to the taxation of investment income (including dividends and bank interest) mean that many taxpayers will now no longer need to submit tax returns but those who are basic rate taxpayers and who have more…

New Mothers missing out on State Pension Credits?

Since the High-Income Child Benefit Tax Charge was introduced in 2013, whereby families with a person earning over £50,000 are taxed on their Child Benefit, many mothers have chosen not to claim Child Benefit.Under the current National Insurance system, a parent – usually a mother – receiving Child Benefit for…

Autumn Statement: Old News, New News, Bad News

The Old NewsThe new Chancellor’s first (and last) Autumn Statement contained little to interest us from a personal finance perspective. As usual, the Government confirmed several changes that had already been announced some time ago, including:The rise in the standard personal allowance to £11,500 and the increase in the 20%…

Autonomy Wealth Director gains Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society

We are delighted to announce that Autonomy Wealth Director, Craig Evans has gained Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society (PFS), which is the highest qualification awarded by the Chartered Insurance Institute.Craig comments: "Although gaining Chartered Financial Planner status in 2009 was a milestone in my financial planning career, I am…