Who inherits if you die without a will?

If you die without stating your wishes, the law will determine how your assets are distributed amongst your family. The rules that govern the process are set out in the intestacy rules. And there are regional differences. Consider a parent whose personal assets amount to more than £1m. In England and Wales The husband, wife or civil partner keeps all the assets (including...

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Employing family, younger persons or volunteers

The following notes set out some of the factors you will need to consider if you are considering employing members of your family, younger workers or volunteers in your business. If you hire family members you must: avoid special treatment in terms of pay, promotion and working conditions make sure tax and National Insurance contributions are still paid follow working time regulations for younger...

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Investing in new equipment?

For most of us in business the recent, and continuing, Brexit fiasco has meant that making meaningful investment decisions has proved to be problematic. What will our future trading relationship with Europe look like and how will that affect our own trading results? And yet in the UK we have an extremely generous tax allowance, aptly called the Annual Investment Allowance...

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When do you pay capital gains tax?

If you personally disposed of an asset that is subject to a capital gains tax (CGT) charge, at any time during the tax year ending 5 April 2019, any CGT due will need to be paid 31 January 2020. Accordingly, if you know the amount of the taxable gain, and the amount of CGT payable, you still have more than ten...

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What is a Debt Relief Order?

The first Debt Relief Order (DRO) was approved 10 years ago in April 2009 with the aim of assisting people with small levels of assets and little surplus income deal with their debts*. Since then, the Insolvency Service has approved more than 254,000 DROs to people with debts worth an average of £9,400. People apply for a DRO through an authorised debt...

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Green light for pension dashboards

The government has given the green light to allow pension providers to create user-friendly services that display pension information for individuals on-line. Savers will be in the driving seat with all the facts and figures about their pensions and potential retirement income at their fingertips in one place for the first time - on smartphones, tablets and computers. Work and Pensions Secretary...

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Can\’t pay your tax?

A reminder that HMRC may consider extended options for settling your outstanding tax bill. The key is to contact HMRC, explain why you can’t pay on time, and discuss how you can settle any outstanding liabilities. If you can’t pay before the deadline, call the Business Payment Support Service. Anyone can use this service, not just businesses. Business Payment Support Service Telephone: 0300...

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Tax-free property and trading allowances

Since April 2017, you can earn £1,000 from a trading activity and £1,000 of property related income, without being liable to income tax. These tax-free allowances on property and trading income are useful as families can generate an extra £2,000 a year of income without increasing their tax bills. Obviously, these small amounts will not be a replacement for your day-job, but...

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What will HMRC avoid telling you?

There are three things that you can count on that HMRC will do: Calculate the amount of tax you owe based on the information they have gathered. Chase you for payment of this tax if not recovered by PAYE. Pursue you if they believe you have under-declared your taxable income or made excessive claims to reduce your tax. What they will not do is...

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Can’t pay your tax?

A reminder that HMRC may consider extended options for settling your outstanding tax bill. The key is to contact HMRC, explain why you can’t pay on time, and discuss how you can settle any outstanding liabilities. If you can’t pay before the deadline, call the Business Payment Support Service. Anyone can use this service, not just businesses. Business Payment Support Service Telephone: 0300...

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