Tax

A handy way to dodge inheritance tax

Thanks to changes in the pensions rules, you’ll soon be able to pass your pension fund directly to your heirs. Merryn Somerset Webb explains.

This change to the pensions death tax is huge – here’s all you need to know

George Osborne has announced more big changes to the pensions system. Merryn Somerset Webb explains what they are, and how they will affect you.

Even if you want higher taxes, Labour’s mansion tax is a really stupid idea

Ed Miliband’s proposed mansion tax is a ridiculous idea, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It is impractical, expensive to collect, and will lead to a whole lot of unintended consequences.

Is the end nigh for pension tax relief?

Changes will happen to pension tax relief says Merryn Somerset Webb – whoever wins the next election.

Marriage is good for your wealth

Getting hitched affects everything from your tax bill to the estate you leave your heirs. Matthew Partridge explains.

CGT: I’m feeling a bit hard done by

After years of political meddling with capital gains tax, investors have ended up with the worst of both worlds, says David Thornton.

If you’ve dodged tax, prepare to stump it up

HMRC is gearing up to send out thousands of letters demanding unpaid tax. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at your options, should one come through your door.

The best tax havens are on our doorstep

Merryn Somerset Webb looks at the best ways to shelter your money from the taxman.

The rise of ‘tax inversion’

More and more American businesses are snapping up companies in low-tax countries to make that their official home. British companies are in their sights. Simon Wilson reports.

Don't pay more tax on your pension than you need to

Ed Bowsher explains how to make sure that you are not paying more tax than you need to when it comes to taking your pension.

Falling income tax receipts spell trouble for big government

Income tax is getting ever harder to collect. Britain is going to have an even bigger problem funding itself, says Matthew Lynn.

The taxman is getting more aggressive – so what should you do?

Merryn Somerset Webb explains what steps you should take to avoid giving yourself an unexpected tax-related headache.

How tax eats away at your investment returns

Tax combined with inflation can devastate your investment returns. Cris Sholto Heaton explains how you can minimise the damage.

The internet is changing the way we earn, and the taxman needs to catch up

People are turning to the internet to generate income in ever more sophisticated ways, says Merryn Somerset Webb. The authorities need to figure out how to tax it.

Buy farms, not flats

Higher property taxes could put the dampeners on London’s rising housing market, says Merryn Somerset Webb

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