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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
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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
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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
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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
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Small business

Coronavirus: where the self-employed can turn for help

Freelancers and the self-employed should check what help they may be eligible for.
27 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

How to protect the earnings of the self-employed as well as employees

The government has acted swiftly to protect the earnings of those in employment, But the self-employed deserve help too. Merryn Somerset Webb has a fe…
25 Mar 2020
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Tax

Coronavirus and tax: now isn’t a time to have to worry about money

HMRC won’t penalise non-residents who might otherwise have to pay UK tax if they get stuck in the country. That’s going to be expensive, says Merryn S…
24 Mar 2020

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Personal finance

What you need to know about claiming expenses and tax refunds for working from home

The taxman and your employer should help you out with some of the additional expenses homeworking creates. Here’s what you need to know.
20 Mar 2020
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How Rishi Sunak's bumper giveaway Budget affects you

In his first Budget, Rishi Sunak was in a generous mood, pledging billions to counter coronavirus, plus money for business, infrastructure, and educat…
12 Mar 2020
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Pension tax

Don't scrap pensions tax relief. We need people to save more, not less

Scrapping higher-rate pension tax relief would amount to double taxation and discourage retirement saving, thereby depriving the economy of crucial …
5 Mar 2020
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Budget

Should we replace entrepreneurs’ tax perks with employee ownership?

The chancellor could well abolish entrepreneurs’ relief in the Budget. We could use some of the tax savings to create more worker-owned businesses, sa…
5 Mar 2020
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Self employed tax

A legal judgment that could seriously dent housebuilders’ profits

An employment tribunal has ruled that two recently dismissed bricklayers were not self employed, whatever the contract they signed said. The conseque…
4 Mar 2020
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The MoneyWeek Podcast: Dominic Frisby on tax

John talks to comedian, author and pop sensation Dominic Frisby about his new book on tax.
20 Feb 2020
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Personal finance

Pass on your pension without paying inheritance tax

The 2015 pension reforms make it easier for you to ensure your heirs avoid inheritance tax when you die
29 Jan 2020
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Personal finance

Pension contributions: what you need to declare on your tax return

Make sure you don't forget to declare your pension contributions in your tax return
28 Jan 2020
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Personal finance

Self-assessment: don’t miss the deadline for online tax returns

If you are self-employed, rent out a property or earn income from savings, investments and dividends, you need to fill in a tax return. And the deadli…
13 Jan 2020
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Small business

Get your business ready for IR35

IR35 – the tax rules distinguishing freelancers from employees – are getting tougher. Here's how to make sure our business can cope.
18 Dec 2019
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Economy

Why the Conservative victory is good news for investors

The Conservatives' election victory is a big deal, says John Stepek. Markets have bounced and the pound has surged. Here's what it all means for the e…
13 Dec 2019
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Economy

Why the gig economy means nations will soon find taxation more taxing

The world of work is changing as the gig economy – and the self-employed themselves – go global. That will leave a big hole in countries’ coffers, say…
6 Dec 2019
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Economy

What are the best ways of raising more money in tax?

Given that whoever wins next week's election will be going on a massive spending spree, we're going to need to raise at least some of that money throu…
5 Dec 2019
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Economy

What level of income really makes you “rich”?

The one-percent club may not be quite as exclusive as you think, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Many people can drift in and out throughout their lives.
2 Dec 2019
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Economy

We've got plenty of taxation – but not much representation

The last century has seen government proliferate to unprecedented levels. The state now owns as much of a worker’s labour as a feudal lord, says Domin…
29 Nov 2019