Capital Gains Tax may be reviewed by the UK Government

Capital gains tax comes under review

By Richard Jackson | 18th September 2020

The Chancellor has asked the Office of Tax Simplification to review capital gains tax. Within a week of giving his Summer Statement, the Chancellor…

The ISA, the individual savings account is waning in popularity according to official statistics

The ISA – So much cash, so little interest…

By Richard Jackson | 17th September 2020

The latest statistics on ISAs have emerged, showing nearly £270bn is held in cash. Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) reached their 20th birthday in April…

Share dividends have halved post-Covid 19

Dividends fall by more than 50 per cent post-Covid

By Richard Jackson | 24th August 2020

Dividends paid by UK companies dropped dramatically in the second quarter of the year. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on dividend payments has…

Legal disputes about wills are on the increase

Wills: Inheritance disputes on the increase

By Richard Jackson | 20th August 2020

More arguments about wills and inheritances are reaching the High Court. A recent report from the Ministry of Justice revealed that, last year in…

Stamp Duty changes affect buy to let market

Summer stamp duty changes may cause tax issues

By Richard Jackson | 17th August 2020

The Chancellor’s Summer Statement introduced temporary changes in stamp duty land tax on homes, which prompted similar – but not identical – changes in…

The ISA – So much cash, so little interest…

By Richard Jackson | 13th August 2020

The latest statistics on ISAs have emerged, showing nearly £270bn is held in cash. Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) reached their 20th birthday in April…

Government looks to cut red tape on Capital Gains Tax

Capital gains tax comes under review

By Richard Jackson | 10th August 2020

The Chancellor has asked the Office of Tax Simplification to review capital gains tax. Within a week of giving his Summer Statement, the Chancellor…

Tax planning – accumulated runs: two tricky hundreds

By Richard Jackson | 24th July 2020

The cricket season may only now be slowly getting underway, but May saw the Chancellor score two centuries which, in different times, would have…

Investment trust or investment fund?

By Richard Jackson | 20th July 2020

The debate about the relative benefits of investments trusts and investment funds (unit trusts and OEICs) could be coming back into focus.  Investment trusts…

Calling time on the pension triple lock?

By Richard Jackson | 17th July 2020

The state pension triple lock may not survive much longer. The impact of Covid-19 on earnings could mean a change in the way that…

An alternative tax

By Richard Jackson | 13th July 2020

The adoption in the UK of a transatlantic approach to income tax could appeal to a cash-strapped Chancellor. “…only the little people pay taxes.”…

Bounce back quarter

By Richard Jackson | 9th July 2020

The second quarter of 2020 saw a substantial switch back from the falls of the first quarter. Index 2020 Q2 Change FTSE 100 +8.8%…

Keep going well…? Shell’s historic dividend cut

By Richard Jackson | 25th June 2020

When a 75-year run is broken, something significant has probably happened. If you are of a certain age, ‘Keep going well…’ could have you…

Missing in inaction: calculating inflation under lockdown

By Richard Jackson | 19th June 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has created problems for the statisticians who calculate the rate of inflation. Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI),…

Deadline written on a calendar - July 31

Deferring July’s income tax payment after Covid-19

By Richard Jackson | 16th June 2020

The imminent payment on account does not have to be paid. The last Friday in July is the due date for the second 2019/20…

Should you review your pension fund withdrawals?

By Richard Jackson | 12th June 2020

The fall in world stock markets has cut the value of many pension pots. Which would you choose as investment performance, assuming a £10,000…

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