IHT/Tax planning

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Election 2015: What are the key manifesto pledges affecting advisers?

With the general election now only weeks away, Money Marketing assesses the manifesto pledges affecting advisers and their clients. Tax While cracking down on tax evasion and aggressive avoidance has proved popular territory for all the major parties, several are also seeking to ameliorate the tax loads of voters. The Conservatives have promised to raise […]

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Major parties accused of using ‘made up’ tax avoidance figures

Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians are using “made up assumptions” of increased revenue generated by targeting tax evasion and avoidance, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Tackling tax evasion and avoidance has proved a huge part of this year’s election campaign since HSBC was found to be aiding clients of its Swiss private […]

Tony Wickenden: Should Help to Buy Isa’s incentive method extend to pensions?

One of the big headline grabbers from last month’s Budget was the Help to Buy Isa. Like pension freedom, a superficially easy concept to present and understand.  Also like pension freedom, however, there is a little bit more detail to get to grips with. The most obviously available further information on the Help to Buy […]

How tax relief changes will hit pension contributions

The highest earners in the country would lose out more on pensions tax relief under the Conservatives than the Liberal Democrats. Each of the major parties has indicated cutting the tax relief on higher earners following the general election. Scenarios modelled by Fidelity Worldwide Investment show someone earning £250,000 a year and making gross pension […]

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Tony Mudd: Providers are working to develop LTC products

Recent stories have played on the fact that despite the Care Act (which, among other things, will introduce a £72,000 care cap) no insurance company is looking to develop care products. Specifically care products that will work in conjunction with the cap to cover the so-called catastrophe costs. This phrase and the idea behind the […]

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MM leader: Pension tax relief is boiling over

Pensions have never been more attractive. The coalition Government has done a good job in doing away with the idea that pensions are something to be kept under lock and key for the longest possible period, before converting them to a typically paltry income. Now pension freedoms are upon us, savers are free to do […]

Tony Wickenden: Rules of law on deeds of variation

At the end of my series on deeds of variation I would like to consider some of the relevant case law. The first is Lau v HMRC 2009. The case of Mrs Maynard Lau (the Executrix of Werner Lau Deceased) v HMRC [2009] Spc 0740 (18 March 2009) before the Special Commissioners illustrates the principle […]

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Labour targets £7.5bn tax evasion clampdown

Labour has claimed it will reduce tax avoidance and evasion by £7.5bn a year by the middle of the next parliament.  The party has also pledged to reduce pensions tax relief for higher earners, alongside similar plans by the Conservatives. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls laid out the target this weekend as part of a ten-point […]

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Tories to raid pensions tax relief to slash IHT

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged the Conservatives will create a new threshold for inheritance tax of £1m if elected. The changes would come into effect from April 2017, and will be funded by restrictions on pensions tax relief for those earning more than £150,000.  Annual allowances for savings will be tiered on earnings between […]