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Nil rate band for IHT increased to £263,000

Chancellor Gordon Brown has increased the nil rate band for inheritance tax to £263,000 from £255,000.

Speaking in today&#39s budget Brown said the move would mean that more than 90 per cent of estates would pay no inheritance tax at all.

The rate of inheritance tax is unchanged at 40 per cent.


Ongoing advice pays off with profit boost

Advisory firms with business models based on ongoing holistic advice are far more profitable than those with transactional structures, according to research conducted by Pivotal for Sofa. The survey of 45 Sofa members looked into the differences between firms generating healthy profits and those with average profitability. Most of the successful firms – which earn […]

New release of life

Mrs Smith, who is 70, has been finding it difficult to cope financially since the death of her husband, who had predominately a pension-based income. However, the family home is worth around £500,000. Could releasing income from her home be the answer? Mrs Smith should proceed with caution. Equity release is a simple concept which […]

IFAs want better call centre staff – Aifa poll

More knowledgeable operators are what IFAs want most from their dealing with product providers according to the first Aifa IFA census. Asked what would be most helpful when contacting providers, 61 per cent of IFAs said they wanted more knowledgeable call centre staff, 55 per cent called for quicker access to information and 54 per […]

VCTs are the sole encouragement for investors

Spending appears high on the agenda for the Chancellor but encouraging savers and retail investors has been avoi-ded, other than the pension announcements. Many of the measures that should be put in place to encourage the retail investor were announced before the Budget. By doing this, the Chancellor avoided bringing negative news into a very […]


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