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Tom Kean: Confused regulation is holding back advisers

I like to think one of the skills that makes me a decent adviser is the ability to convert complex, illogical and sometimes-opaque notions into bite-sized snippets of information clients might understand. Thirty years in the job has led me to accept, although we live and breathe our subject, that is simply not the case […]

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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Tories pledge 5-year ‘tax lock’

The Conservatives will introduce a five-year “tax lock” on income tax, VAT and national insurance if they win the general election. Prime minister David Cameron is to pledge legislation within 100 days of assuming office to ensure the taxes do not rise in the next Parliament, the BBC reports. Cameron will say: “This is the clearest choice […]

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Martin Bamford: A better way of FSCS funding

“It’s all wrong”. This running joke at our office is based on a regularly occurring statement made by a former financial planner who would often exclaim everything was incorrect with a piece of work. When overreactions and blame are your speciality, it is easy to turn a drama into a crisis. But as I look […]

HMRC helping to remove artificial gains

An investment bond offers investors certain tax advantages, one of which is the ability to take partial surrenders from the investment. This facility allows the policyholder to withdraw amounts up to 5% of the amount invested each policy year on a tax deferred basis, without incurring any immediate tax liability. This tax deferred allowance can […]

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