Tax

Back in the black

Jonathan Compton says it's time to buy cheap banks

How pensions are taxed

Pension taxation can be a complicated area, with tax relief, the money purchase annual allowance and lifetime allowances, for example. Ruth Jackson explains it all.

HMRC’s budget-busting battle

A controversial court case starting next month could force HM Revenue & Customs to pay tens of billions of pounds in tax refunds to big businesses. Alex Rankine reports.

Beware the 60% tax trap

The highest tax-band is 45%. But as Ruth Jackson explains, there is, in fact, a secret band that’s substantially higher than that.

Investments that help cut inheritance tax

Investing in companies that qualify for business property relief can reduce costs when your estate is passed on. Richard Beddard selects seven of the best.

The thorny electoral problem of “the rich”

Tax-hungry politicians like to target the rich. But defining who qualifies as rich is tricky, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Are you paying too much tax?

Ruth Jackson explains why it is important to make sure the tax man has you on the right tax code.

Give the poor a tax cut

Reducing the tax burden on the less well-off is a good way to boost economic growth, says Matthew Lynn.

Brace yourself for a VAT hike

From 1 April, reforms to the flat-rate VAT scheme will cost businesses ranging from accountants to hairdressers almost £200m a year.

Act now to make the most of tax breaks

It’s important to use pension allowances before you lose them, says David Prosser.

Dividend-tax grab shows why Isas and pensions still matter

Philip Hammond’s 2017 budget is another reminder that assuming that the tax system won’t change is always a dangerous foundation for financial planning.

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