With the new tax year starting on 6 April, there’s still time to ensure your finances are as tax-efficient as possible. And while some allowances can be carried forwarded, with many it really is a case of use it or lose it.
Whether you make a regular donation to charity or leave a legacy in your will, using your wealth to support good causes can deliver much more than a financial return. Adopting some of the principles of philanthropy can increase the benefits of giving, both for you and for your chosen charities.
The costs that a young person faces in early adulthood are on the rise: a university degree, a wedding and a first home are all getting more expensive. However, investing for a child’s future can help them get off to a good financial start.
Whether you want to do up your home or help a grandchild on to the property ladder, or just need a bit more cash, tapping into the wealth built up in your property is one way to finance your plans. But with several options available, it’s important to weigh up the emotional and practical implications alongside the financial ones.
Taking voluntary redundancy can be a fantastic opportunity to ditch the drudgery of your job and follow your dreams. However, while a redundancy package can be tempting, it’s important to weigh up your options and the financial implications before taking the leap.
Paying off the mortgage before reaching retirement used to be a reason to celebrate. But thanks to demand and a more relaxed approach from lenders, borrowers are increasingly finding that a mortgage can be a valuable financial tool in later life.
Sam Barrett looks at solutions to sidestep a potential inheritance tax liability without giving away assets you may still need.
What can you do to ensure you minimise the tax you pay in retirement? We round up a range of sensible strategies.
Trusts can conjure up images of tax avoidance schemes such as those uncovered in the Paradise Papers. But the government’s autumn Budget announcement of a consultation into simplifying the way trusts are taxed is a reminder that they can play a valuable part in financial planning.
The personal tax account has been up and running for two years and is used by 3.6 million taxpayers. So what facilities does it offer?