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Cross-border tax planning for today’s global transparency
Finance
Monday, 22 July 2019

Over one hundred countries are now automatically sharing financial information on taxpayers to expose tax evasion – and tax authorities are starting to benefit.

Tax transparency has recently been revolutionised by the global automatic exchange of information under the ‘Common Reporting Standard’ (CRS). Now in full flow, this initiative enables tax offices across the world to keep track of taxpayers’ offshore assets and accounts.

 
Six tips for protecting and growing your wealth
Finance
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
Finance
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
Finance
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
Finance
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?

 
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