Tax

Small business owners should plan for a new digital tax regime

Soon most businesses will have to file tax returns online. Be prepared, says David Prosser.

A foolproof way to avoid inheritance tax. Or is it?

It is possible to pass on a lot of money to your heirs and pay no inheritance tax. But the plan has some rather large flaws, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Pension withdrawals: an emergency best avoided

Many savers are paying too much tax on their pension withdrawals, says David Prosser.

Reasonable ideas and unkeepable promises

Making the over-65s pay national insurance is a sensible idea, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Promising the young a £10,000 lump sum isn’t.

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.

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