The bank staff have drawn the blinds – but you don’t have to. Remember you promised to sort out your money as soon as you had a spare moment? Later you can go out and throw bread to the ducks, but first think about how well you’re feeding your savings. Our bank holidays in the UK date back
Turning self-employed can bring a new lease of life. You’re no longer working for The Man and it’s all down to your own skills and vision. Just remember that running your own business is more satisfying, but also more challenging – so keep these tips to hand as you begin.
We’re a year into pension freedom, and the UK is starting to get a feel for the new way in which pensions work. If you plan to take your pension within the next five to ten years, make your choices easier with these tips and rules of thumb. If you’re planning to retire in the
Tomorrow at lunchtime George Osborne will address the house with his Budget for the year ahead. The Chancellor is notorious for his surprises – and we’ve had precious few clues to work on. But here are the best theories so far. When it comes to tomorrow’s Budget, we only know one thing with cast-iron certainty: we will
Everyone now has a personal savings allowance, which grants basic rate taxpayers £1,000 of savings interest tax-free. Some have suggested that this means the death of the cash ISA for ordinary savers. But there are plenty of other reasons why it’s still a good idea to hang on to yours. In 2015 UK taxpayers may have paid up
Saving through a pension is an excellent way to gain tax relief, but with limits to you pension lifetime allowance, you may need to take a second look at whether you’re affected. Michael Roberts explains.
Just in time for our TaxAction 2016 campaign, Ayesha Ping from NW Brown is here to remind us of the extra tax breaks available for those with children in childcare. Tax-free vouchers help to ensure that it’s the babies who are bouncing – not your cheques! The UK is bucking the trend in most of Europe
You could try funnelling your income through a labyrinth of offshore companies… or you could just open ISAs, pay a little bit more into your pension and take a few other simple measures. Believe it or not, reducing your tax bill can be dead easy, and it doesn’t have to risk the wrath of HMRC.
As our TaxAction 2016 campaign gathers pace, we drop in on a typical affluent household somewhere in England… and catch them in the middle of some very odd behaviour. Sally calls from the kitchen. ‘BRYCE! The bin bag needs changing!’ Bryce, in the study upstairs, is losing a fight with a self-assembly filing cabinet. ‘Maybe
Pension freedom gives you full access to your pension pot from the age of 55. Technically, this means that you could withdraw the whole sum at once. But there are some big reasons why in most cases you wouldn’t want to do this. Article by Armstrong Watson Financial Planning.
Holiday homes are exempt from the new buy-to-let tax treatment, so if you have a cottage going spare then there could be sunny days ahead.
They should really offer classes in tax at school – after all, it affects everyone. But perhaps the government doesn’t mind if you accidentally pay more tax than you need to? You, on the other hand, definitely should mind – so Ajay Naik of Bankfield is back with another valuable lesson. (If you missed part
Is there a gulf between men and women in how they manage their finances? Our research suggests there might be. See if you can escape your gender stereotype. Is a pound in a purse the same as one in a wallet? As part of our Value of Advice research we’ve been looking at the attitudes of men and women