Tax

Brace yourself for a VAT hike

From 1 April, reforms to the flat-rate VAT scheme will cost businesses ranging from accountants to hairdressers almost £200m a year.

Act now to make the most of tax breaks

It’s important to use pension allowances before you lose them, says David Prosser.

Dividend-tax grab shows why Isas and pensions still matter

Philip Hammond’s 2017 budget is another reminder that assuming that the tax system won’t change is always a dangerous foundation for financial planning.

The Budget was boring – and that was a huge mistake

The chancellor had a golden opportunity to simplify Britain’s tax system yesterday. But all he did was tinker around the edges. It’s time to be bold, says John Stepek.

Here’s what the chancellor should do today

At almost ten million words, the UK tax code is the world’s longest and most incomprehensible. Today, the chancellor has a real opportunity to change that, says Dominic Frisby.

The madness of high-earners’ pension rules

The pensions relief taper is the most stupid, the most complicated, and the worst thought out personal finance policy ever, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And that is saying something.

Is it time for a business rates revolution?

Higher business rates are threatening the survival of small businesses and sparking calls for wholesale reform of property taxes. Simon Wilson reports.

The taxman gets tough

Having near-exhausted the extra yield from big firms, the taxman is going after individuals, says Merryn Somerset Web. Here’s what you can do about it.

An unexpected tax bill for older people

Thousands of older people who had filled in self-assessment tax returns may not have realised they had a bill to pay.

Should you incorporate to save on tax?

Emma Lunn looks at whether forming a limited company can cut down on your tax bill.

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