Tax

Make student loans what they effectively are: a tax

The student loans system is systematically flawed. We should call a spade a spade, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and make it a tax.

Stocks and shares Lisa market becomes more competitive

AJ Bell is the latest mainstream broker to introduce a stocks and shares lifetime individual savings account (Lisa), It becomes the fourth investment platform to launch a Lisa, after Hargreaves Lansdown, Nutmeg and The Share Centre.

Pensions and inheritance tax: how to protect your legacy

Inheritance tax (IHT) is a 40% tax payable on whatever you leave behind for your heirs when you die, on estates above a certain value. But there are plenty of straightforward ways to minimise your potential liability.

How pensions are taxed

Pension taxation can be a complicated area, with tax relief, the money purchase annual allowance and lifetime allowances, for example. Ruth Jackson explains it all.

HMRC’s budget-busting battle

A controversial court case starting next month could force HM Revenue & Customs to pay tens of billions of pounds in tax refunds to big businesses. Alex Rankine reports.

Beware the 60% tax trap

The highest tax-band is 45%. But as Ruth Jackson explains, there is, in fact, a secret band that’s substantially higher than that.

Investments that help cut inheritance tax

Investing in companies that qualify for business property relief can reduce costs when your estate is passed on. Richard Beddard selects seven of the best.

The thorny electoral problem of “the rich”

Tax-hungry politicians like to target the rich. But defining who qualifies as rich is tricky, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Are you paying too much tax?

Ruth Jackson explains why it is important to make sure the tax man has you on the right tax code.

Give the poor a tax cut

Reducing the tax burden on the less well-off is a good way to boost economic growth, says Matthew Lynn.

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