The case for a flat tax
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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
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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
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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
Scotland is taxing itself to death
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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
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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
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

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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