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Here are just some of the strategies our tax experts are sharing with you this month:

  • Take Advice From HMRC At Your Peril!

    Should you rely on advice given by HM Revenue & Customs? James Bailey thinks not, and highlights an unfortunate recent tribunal case for the taxpayer. You would think it was obvious – if you have a problem or a question about tax, why not ring up HMRC? They run the system, after all, so they ought to be able to answer your question…
  • Tax Efficient NSI Products – What’s New

    Sarah Laing takes a look at the changes specific to the Treasury backed NSI products. As bank rates remain at near record lows, many consumers are frustrated with very tiny interest rates on traditional savings accounts. One of the main benefits of investing in National Savings & Investments (NSI) products is that they are…
  • How Do I Revoke An Option To Tax?

    Andrew Needham looks at how to revoke an option to tax once it has been made. A business will often buy a commercial property and opt to tax it immediately, either because it thinks it will renovate it and then rent it out, or because it just thought that opting to tax was a good idea!  By opting to tax a property you can turn an exempt supply of rental or sale into…
  • Entrepreneurs’ Relief: ‘Harvesting’ Development Profits

    Chris Williams explains how to sell business assets, such as farmland for development, and benefit from entrepreneurs’ relief. One of the problems that entrepreneurs’ relief (ER) can present to a continuing business is that if you sell an asset, as opposed to part of the business, you can’t claim ER on the disposal and can face paying…
  • Are Your Dividend Waivers Legal?

    Tony Granger discusses the impact of waiving dividends, including some important tax issues. Legal dividends can broadly only be declared from retained profits.  For tax purposes, payments made as dividends where there are no profits are usually treated as a loan or…

  • The Name’s Bond – Investment Bond!

    Malcolm Finney provides an overview of two different UK and offshore investment vehicles, and their tax implications. An investment bond is a single premium life insurance policy. A single ‘one-off’ premium is typically paid to a life insurance company at the commencement of the policy which pays out a…
  • Students And Tax – What You Need To Know

    Sarah Bradford takes a look at what students may need to know about tax and National Insurance. In the excitement of starting at University, it is probably fair to say that tax is not at the forefront of most students’ minds! However, a little knowledge of how the tax system works and how it may affect you as a student can be…

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