Tax

How the pension contributions annual allowance is crippling the NHS

NHS doctors are responding to the perverse financial incentives of the pension contributions annual allowance scheme by just not doing any extra work. The system needs fixing. And not just for doctors.

Get set for a Tory Party spending spree

Both candidates for the Tory Party leadership could squander the fiscal restraint of the past few years. Emily Hohler reports.

Labour’s land reform proposals are putting the cart before the horse

There is much to agree with in Labour’s report on land reform. But any new proposals will inevitably will just add another layer of tax and bureaucracy on top of an already unmanageable system.

Grandparents allowances: make sure you claim pension benefits for babysitting

Many people may be missing out on future state pension benefits because they’re unaware of grandparents allowances that reward them for caring for young children.

Why I’ve changed my mind about the pension savings lifetime allowance

I used to think the lifetime pension savings allowance was a terrible idea, says Merryn Somerset Webb. I’ve changed my mind on that. But there are some things about the pensions system that I will never agree with.

How to prepare for a Corbyn government

The real risk to your finances is not Brexit, says Merryn Somerset Webb, it’s that the mismanagement of Brexit could lead to a Corbyn government. So how do you prepare? 

Passing on your pension when you die

Your pension can be a valuable part of inheritance-tax planning, says David Prosser.

Don’t miss the pensions deadline

There are just five weeks left in the 2018-2019 tax year, so make sure you’ve made full use of your allowances.

Ignore the lifetime allowance and take the tax hit

There’s been a lot of wailing about the extra tax burden once you hit the pensions lifetime savings allowance. But it’s better to just carry on contributing and pay the tax, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Thinking of getting a divorce? Here’s why it might pay to wait a while

All those people breaking up over Christmas would do better to wait until Easter, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They could save themselves a fortune.

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