Tax Planning


Truly Independent Financial Advice


One of the largest UK IFA networks, Sesame, has recently announced that it is removing all of its member financial adviser firms’ independent status.  All financial advisory firms that operate under the Sesame umbrella will now be offering their clients restricted advice. You may recall the financial advice industry underwent some significant changes at the […]

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Inheritance Tax Planning Options


The Office of National Statistics has reported that Inheritance Tax (IHT) paid to the Government rose by 8% last year, largely driven by the recent recovery in property prices.  With the nil rate band (value of assets upon which IHT is charged at 0%) frozen at £325,000 until at least 2018 this should ring warning […]

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An Enlightening Financial Planning Process


What is the difference between telling you that you can spend extra funds holidaying now, or that you can afford to stop working earlier than anticipated or that you could afford to gift funds to your grandchildren now and showing you that these objectives are achievable? They say that a picture paints a thousand words.  […]

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Pension Liberation?


Despite a number of announcements dealing with tax evasion and avoidance in the 2013 Budget, the Government does not appear to have taken any steps to combat the growing number of pension liberation cases. Andrew Tully, pensions technical director at MGM Advantage said: ‘This appears to be a missed opportunity to clamp down on pension liberation schemes […]

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Trusts & Estate Planning, Finding The Right Solution


Family wealth preservation is not solely about ensuring that children do not lose out on 40% of the intended bequest – after all, the Revenue has already had a slice of this money, so why give them anymore? It can also mean having the funds available to deal with the following, very real, lifestyle issues […]

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8 Key Questions for the Long Term Investor


Focusing on what you can control can lead to a better investment experience. Whether you’ve been investing for decades or are just getting started, at some point on your investment journey you’ll likely ask yourself some of the questions below. Trying to answer these questions may be intimidating, but know that you’re not alone. We […]

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Planning for Long Term Care


In our experience, planning and funding for the payment of Long Term Care sits high on peoples lists of concerns and priorities. We had the recent furore regarding the so called Dementia Tax, alongside the ongoing confusion about assessment and eligibility for the State’s (NHS) Continuing Health Care funding. Finally, we are often asked about […]

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Worried about the Pension Lifetime Allowance?


What is The Lifetime Allowance? Since its peak of £1.8m in the 2011/12 tax year and three subsequent reductions since then to its current £1m level, the Pension Lifetime Allowance (The Lifetime Allowance (LTA) is a limit on the amount of pension benefit that can be drawn from pension schemes – whether lump sums or […]

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