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Six tips for protecting and growing your wealth
Thursday, 20 June 2019

Today's climate presents many challenges to both preserving your wealth and seeing it grow overtime. With ongoing Brexit uncertainty, prolonged low interest rates and changeable tax rules, it is hard for investors to achieve returns that are not eroded by inflation and taxation.

At times like this,careful planning plays a particularly important role in securing your financial security over the long term. Here are six key tips that can help.

 
More families than ever caught in UK inheritance tax net
Thursday, 20 June 2019

The UK government's record inheritance tax haul reveals how more British families are being captured, including expatriates, despite a rising home allowance. 

The last tax year has proven to be yet another record year for UK inheritance tax (IHT) receipts. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) announced it received an extra £200 million in 2018/19, generating a total of £5.4 billion. This burden was shared between 27,000 families, paying an average tax bill of £200,000 each.  

Usually, higher tax receipts can be explained through government measures to increase tax rates and widen the scope for liability. However, the 40% rate has been unchanged since IHT's inception in 1986, and an additional main home relief has been in place since April 2017.

 
Spain-UK Double Tax Treaty
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

In general, double tax treaties signed between countries are designed to determine the taxation rights of the different income and gains, when there is a conflict (i.e. when assets are located in one country and the individual is resident in another, or when someone is considered resident for tax purposes in two different countries due to each country’s domestic rules).  

UK nationals living in Spain need to understand how the Spain-UK double tax treaty works and affects them.  It is importantto know where your taxes are due.

 
Should you transfer a final salary pension? Six questions to help you decide
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Transfer values for UK final salary pensions may be high, but would you really benefit from giving up a lifetime retirement income for a one-off payment?

If you were offered £235,000 now or an inflation-proofed £10,000 a year for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

 
New tax rules in Andalucía
Thursday, 18 April 2019

It is not often that we have good tax news, but Andalucía residents will welcome the new regional tax rules. It took a few months for the regional government to confirm the new tax law, but it was worth the wait. 

 

The Decree-Law was finally approved on 9th April, with one clear objective: to position Andalucía as one of the lowest taxed regions in Spain to help revitalise the regional economy.



 
The new UK tax year: What has and hasn’t changed?
Thursday, 18 April 2019

The 2019/20 UK tax year ticked over on 6 April 2019, resetting thresholds and allowances for the next 12 months. We explore changes that may affect expatriates and what you can do to make the most of existing rules.

 
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