New charges shock for family trusts

People who run family trusts are facing expensive new charges due to an international crackdown on financial crime and tax evasion.

Not-so-simple assessment

HMRC launches its new Simple Assessment for tax this month. But as you might expect, the new system is anything but simple.

Why taxation need not be a dirty word

A radical change to the way we tax wealth could benefit us all, says David C Stevenson.

It pays to be honest about your taxes

It’s never been easier for the taxman to keep tabs on who owes what, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Moonlighters and ghosts have been warned.

Charity and the tax man

Many of us give to good causes close to our heart, but your gift can go much further. Marc Shoffman looks at some of the best ways for investors to give to charity.

Elderly divorcees could end up much poorer in retirement

With couples who get split often ending up worse off in retirement, pensions have become an increasingly important element of divorce settlements, especially for older couples who may have less time to build up new savings.

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.

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