Who will pay for the cost of living crisis?
Rishi Sunak
UK Economy

Who will pay for the cost of living crisis?

The cost of living is rising fast. You may be expecting the chancellor to use his spring Budget to help ease it. But you’re likely to be disappointed,…
21 Mar 2022
What the rise in National Insurance contributions means for you
Boris Johnson visiting a care home
National Insurance

What the rise in National Insurance contributions means for you

National Insurance contributions are due to increase from 6 April. Saloni Sardana explains the reasons behind the rise, and how much it will cost you.
17 Feb 2022
Tax return deadline extended – but don't forget to file
Alarm clock with "Tax time" written on it
Income tax

Tax return deadline extended – but don't forget to file

HMRC is being slightly more lenient about tax returns this year, but falling behind will still incur hefty fines.
25 Jan 2022
Made money in cryptocurrencies? Don’t forget to pay your taxes – in sterling
Cryptocurrency tokens
Bitcoin & crypto

Made money in cryptocurrencies? Don’t forget to pay your taxes – in sterling

Speculating on cryptocurrencies is akin to gambling in all but one respect, says Merryn Somerset Webb: you must pay tax on any gains, and you must pay…
18 Jan 2022
Salary sacrifice: how to earn less and save more into your pension
Pensions

Salary sacrifice: how to earn less and save more into your pension

Changing the way that you save for retirement could help limit the damage of next year’s national insurance rise.
28 Sep 2021
Dividend payout advantages drain away for small-business owners
Small business

Dividend payout advantages drain away for small-business owners

Life is getting harder for self-employed people and small business owners paying themselves through dividends rather than a salary”
17 Sep 2021
I wish I knew what a marginal tax rate was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what a marginal tax rate was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Your marginal tax rate is simply the tax rate you pay on each extra pound of income you earn. Here's how that works.
14 Sep 2021
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Why the government's plan for funding social care is a lousy one
UK Economy

Why the government's plan for funding social care is a lousy one

Insisting that people use their property wealth to pay for social care is perfectly reasonable, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
10 Sep 2021
What’s better than two types of income tax? Three types of income tax!
UK Economy

What’s better than two types of income tax? Three types of income tax!

The government is to fund social care costs by raising National Insurance contributions and adding a “health and social care levy”. John Stepek looks …
7 Sep 2021
Inheritance tax bills are set to rise – will you be caught out?
Inheritance tax

Inheritance tax bills are set to rise – will you be caught out?

The number of people who actually pay inheritance tax is very small. But more and more estates are set to be dragged into its net, says David Prosser.…
30 Apr 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
Why the government shouldn't raise taxes
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
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
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
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
Scotland is taxing itself to death
Economy

Scotland is taxing itself to death

The authorities in Scotland are undermining the economy’s appeal. They had better watch out, says Matthew Lynn.
20 Oct 2019
One example of the madness of our inheritance tax rules
Personal finance

One example of the madness of our inheritance tax rules

Our system of inheritance tax is needlessly complicated, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here, she outlines one way in which the well-off could save over £…
14 Oct 2019
Labour’s plans for non-doms could prove costly for the UK
Economy

Labour’s plans for non-doms could prove costly for the UK

The Labour Party has said that in its first Budget it would abolish non-domiciled status. But non-doms do pay tax, and they do have a choice where the…
24 Sep 2019
Don’t forget income tax when drawing your pension
Pensions

Don’t forget income tax when drawing your pension

Many people have not understood the tax implications of drawing down their money, meaning that savers withdrawing pension cash are handing over millio…
16 Nov 2018
Withholding tax
Tax

Withholding tax

A withholding tax requires a person or company making a payment to someone else to withhold part of the payment and pay it to the government.
10 May 2018
You shouldn’t be paying tax on your investments
Tax

You shouldn’t be paying tax on your investments

You don't need to hire the best accountants to protect your investments from the taxman. You can do it yourself, says John Stepek. Here's how.
11 Jul 2012