Why the government shouldn't raise taxes
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UK Economy

Why the government shouldn't raise taxes

Tackling our deficit with new levies would be economically and politically suicidal, says Max King.
12 Oct 2020
Why the government should stop messing about and just abolish stamp duty
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UK Economy

Why the government should stop messing about and just abolish stamp duty

If Boris Johnson is serious about getting more people on the housing ladder, he should stop messing about with complicated incentives that only reward…
8 Oct 2020
How the stamp duty holiday is pushing up house prices
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Stamp duty

How the stamp duty holiday is pushing up house prices

Stamp duty is an awful tax and should be replaced by something better. But its temporary removal is driving up house prices, says Merryn Somerset Webb…
25 Sep 2020
Universal Credit comes good
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UK Economy

Universal Credit comes good

The government’s benefit reforms have been plagued with disasters since their introduction in 2013. The Covid-19 crisis, however, has revealed a posit…
21 Sep 2020
The stamp-duty stampede
Personal finance

The stamp-duty stampede

There has been a surge in people wanting to move house before the stamp duty holiday ends next year.
11 Sep 2020
Dealing with the debt: big tax rises are not the answer right now
UK Economy

Dealing with the debt: big tax rises are not the answer right now

Tax rises can’t do much to reduce the two-trillion-pound hole in our public finances. And the economy is too fragile for a tax grab now anyway. So whe…
7 Sep 2020
The case for a flat tax
Income tax

The case for a flat tax

Simplifying the tax system promises to cut incentives for evasion and avoidance, and boost work and entrepreneurship. Could it give post-Covid-19 Brit…
29 Aug 2020

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How to claw back tax overpaid when opting for pension drawdown
Pensions

How to claw back tax overpaid when opting for pension drawdown

Many retirees opting for drawdown schemes – taking money out of their pension savings – have overpaid tax. Here’s what to do to get it back.
26 Aug 2020
HMRC defers tax deadline for millions of self-employed people
Small business

HMRC defers tax deadline for millions of self-employed people

The coronavirus pandemic means the 31 July payment on account date has been postponed for six months.
31 Jul 2020
Should capital gains tax be higher or lower?
Tax

Should capital gains tax be higher or lower?

Capital gains tax is up for review. There are plenty of long-term arguments to be had about this. But in the short term, Merryn Somerset Webb has a fe…
23 Jul 2020
How to have a low-tax retirement in the sun
Pensions

How to have a low-tax retirement in the sun

Greece is to offer a ten-year tax incentive to foreign pensioners. That’s a pretty good offer, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it might not last.
20 Jul 2020
Prepare yourself for a rise in capital gains tax
Tax

Prepare yourself for a rise in capital gains tax

With the UK desperate to raise more money to cover the massive rise in public spending, squeezing more revenue out of capital gains tax looks like an …
20 Jul 2020
Can Rishi Sunak save the economy with stamp duty cuts and half-price meal deals?
UK Economy

Can Rishi Sunak save the economy with stamp duty cuts and half-price meal deals?

John Stepek runs his eye over the chancellor's £30bn stimulus package and asks if it's enough to get the economy back on its feet after months of lock…
9 Jul 2020
Are you due a refund on your inheritance tax bill?
Inheritance tax

Are you due a refund on your inheritance tax bill?

If you’ve paid inheritance tax recently, you may well be due some of your money back. Here’s how to tell
23 Jun 2020
Paying for all the Covid-19 demands on the public purse
UK Economy

Paying for all the Covid-19 demands on the public purse

Everyone wants a bailout. Not everyone will get one, but many will. So how do we go about paying for it all? A minimum tax rate on earned and unearned…
18 Jun 2020
How to navigate the probate process
Personal finance

How to navigate the probate process

Death can create a great deal of paperwork. Here’s what to do if you need to apply for probate.
15 Jun 2020
An update for the business-rate support scheme
Small business

An update for the business-rate support scheme

The government has added £600m to plug the gap in its small business rates relief scheme for businesses in shared-office buildings.
5 Jun 2020
Should you put off paying your VAT bill?
Small business

Should you put off paying your VAT bill?

Just because you can put off your VAT bill doesn’t mean you should. It is a loan, not a cancellation of the debt.
5 Jun 2020
The death of buy-to-let property is a useful cautionary tale for all investors
Buy to let

The death of buy-to-let property is a useful cautionary tale for all investors

Investing in buy-to-let property was once a perfectly valid thing to do. But the government killed the market. John Stepek explains what investors sho…
29 May 2020
Dividends, directors and the holes in the government’s coronavirus furlough scheme
UK Economy

Dividends, directors and the holes in the government’s coronavirus furlough scheme

By topping up a minimal salary with dividends, many owner/directors of small companies have fallen through the net when it comes to the government’s …
27 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: help for the self-employed
Small business

Coronavirus: help for the self-employed

The government has unveiled new measures for sole traders. But it is complicated – so read the small print carefully.
4 Apr 2020
A few ways to save tax before the end of the tax year
Tax

A few ways to save tax before the end of the tax year

The end of the tax year is nigh. You have until midnight on 5 April to take advantage of various tax allowances or risk losing them.
3 Apr 2020