Tax

Tax the living, not the dead

We should abolish inheritance tax, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and replace it with a gift tax, paid at the recipient’s tax rate.

Brace yourself for the painful blow of IHT

HMRC doesn’t make paying an inheritance-tax bill easy, says Ruth Jackson. Make sure you know how the process works.

Passing on the perks

Private pensions can be a good way of sheltering assets from inheritance tax. David Prosser explains.

A beginner’s guide to becoming a movie mogul

Investing in film offers attractive tax breaks – but hits are few and far between. Tim Dams looks at how to maximise your chances of making your money back.

Benefits for grandparents babysitting

Grandparents who look after young children are failing to claim entitlements, says David Prosser.

What to do if the taxman calls

It’s tempting to think once you’ve filed your tax return, that’s it, says David Prosser. But every now and again, the taxman comes knocking.

The financial upside to getting married

Thanks to the tax breaks on offer, getting hitched can be a lucrative business, says Ruth Jackson.

Landlords: act quickly and pay your tax

Whether a professional or an accidental landlord, you’ll need to complete a self-assessment tax return each year. Emma Lunn explains.

A couple of things to bear in mind in 2018

Markets may be roaring as 2018 gets underway, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But more sober minds won’t forget these two points.

Don’t miss out on pensions tax perks

Getting your tax return wrong could mean missing out on valuable tax relief on your pensions. David Prosser explains how to avoid it.

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