International tax competition is under threat – which stocks are most vulnerable?
"Tax Amazon" meeting
Global Economy

International tax competition is under threat – which stocks are most vulnerable?

The idea of a global corporate tax regime is taking off, with the US proposing a sales tax on multinationals. John Stepek looks at which companies cou…
8 Apr 2021
The end-of-tax-year to-do list for small businesses
Business paperwork
Small business

The end-of-tax-year to-do list for small businesses

If you run a business, get on top of your paperwork before 2020-2021 draws to a close.
1 Apr 2021
How to minimise your inheritance tax bill
People looking at wedding presents
Inheritance tax

How to minimise your inheritance tax bill

Fiscal drag will ensure that more people pay inheritance tax. Here’s how to minimise your bill.
16 Mar 2021
Don’t fear Rishi Sunak’s corporation tax rise – it may never happen
Rishi Sunak
UK Economy

Don’t fear Rishi Sunak’s corporation tax rise – it may never happen

A booming economy, tax competition and furious lobbying mean that the chancellor's proposed rise in corporation tax may never happen, says Matthew Lyn…
14 Mar 2021
The IR35 reprieve is over – what freelancers should do now
Small business

The IR35 reprieve is over – what freelancers should do now

The government delayed introducing IR35 tax reforms for freelancers amid the Covid-19 chaos. But they come into effect early next month.
9 Mar 2021
What the recovery Budget means for your money
Budget

What the recovery Budget means for your money

With his Budget, Rishi Sunak is hoping to protect the economic recovery and set out how to pay for all the stimulus. John Stepek looks at how he plans…
4 Mar 2021
Furlough extension, corporation tax and green investment – the main points of the Budget
Budget

Furlough extension, corporation tax and green investment – the main points of the Budget

Rishi Sunak delivered his 2021 Budget, with measures to extend coronavirus support, get the economy back on its feet, and some first steps in paying f…
3 Mar 2021
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is fiscal drag?
Too embarrassed to ask

Too embarrassed to ask: what is fiscal drag?

How can politicians raise more tax revenue, without damaging their political popularity too badly? One way is by using “fiscal drag”. Here's what that…
2 Mar 2021
What to watch out for in Budget 2021
Budget

What to watch out for in Budget 2021

In his 2021 Budget, Rishi Sunak will lay out his vision for post-Covid Britain – how to fix the public finances and repay all the pandemic stimulus wi…
2 Mar 2021
Make sure you use all your allowances before the end of the tax year
Tax

Make sure you use all your allowances before the end of the tax year

There’s still time to ensure you don’t overpay your tax this financial year, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby - but make sure you use all your allowances
1 Mar 2021
Stamp duty holiday extension will keep the house-price party going – for now
Property

Stamp duty holiday extension will keep the house-price party going – for now

The government is to extend to the stamp duty holiday by three months. Good for today’s buyers, says Nicole Garcia Merida, but what happens in June?
26 Feb 2021
Tax returns: make sure you declare child benefit
Personal finance

Tax returns: make sure you declare child benefit

If you owe HMRC a repayment of child benefit cash, you need to act quickly, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby.
26 Jan 2021
How to deal with self-assessment tax returns after a very trying year
Tax

How to deal with self-assessment tax returns after a very trying year

The Covid-19 pandemic will complicate the self-assessment tax return process for 2019-20. What if you can’t pay? Ruth Jackson-Kirby has some advice.
20 Jan 2021
9 January 1799: income tax introduced to Britain
This day in history

9 January 1799: income tax introduced to Britain

In the 1790s, with Britain at war with Napoleon, the country urgently needed cash. And so on this day in 1799, a 10% levy was raised on all income ove…
9 Jan 2021
Reform of IR35 tax rules returns for freelancers
Small business

Reform of IR35 tax rules returns for freelancers

The delayed shake-up of employment law governing freelancers kicks in soon
24 Dec 2020
Britain mulls a wealth tax again – can it ever work?
Tax

Britain mulls a wealth tax again – can it ever work?

A Covid-19-ravaged government needs to raise more revenue and some propose that a wealth tax could fit the bill. It’s unlikely to happen, but one way …
19 Dec 2020
Small businesses rush to beat the capital gains tax hike
Small business

Small businesses rush to beat the capital gains tax hike

Corporate finance advisers report a surge in inquiries from small business owners keen to sell their companies before a likely increase in capital gai…
11 Dec 2020
The “economic emergency” isn't nearly as bad as it could have been
UK Economy

The “economic emergency” isn't nearly as bad as it could have been

If you listened to Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review, you might be feeling a little down. But don't worry too much. Things might not be anywhere near as b…
26 Nov 2020
Don’t panic – there’s an obvious solution to the UK’s debt pile
UK Economy

Don’t panic – there’s an obvious solution to the UK’s debt pile

Cutting spending or raising taxes won’t be enough to get the country out of debt. But there is another way out, says John Stepek.
26 Nov 2020
How to avoid inheritance tax by giving your money away
Inheritance tax

How to avoid inheritance tax by giving your money away

Ruth Jackson Kirby explains how to avoid inheritance tax by passing money on to your family while you are still here.
24 Nov 2020
How you will play your part in refinancing the post-Covid economy
UK Economy

How you will play your part in refinancing the post-Covid economy

All this stimulus has to be paid for – whether through inflation, tax rises, or financial repression. It's going to be an uncomfortable experience, sa…
19 Nov 2020
Rishi Sunak's multibillion-pound tax raid
UK Economy

Rishi Sunak's multibillion-pound tax raid

Rishi Sunak is seeking to fill a £300bn-sized hole in the public books. Investors beware, says Emily Hohler
19 Nov 2020