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Claim your tax relief for working from home

If you have been working from home during the pandemic, don’t forget you could be due some tax relief.  Employees, required by their employers to work from home (WFH, as it has become known), have been able to claim tax relief long before … Continue reading

Lessons from London Capital & Finance

One of the last decade’s more infamous financial scandals has finally reached a conclusion. The name of London Capital & Finance Plc (LCF) sounds impressive, but the business behind it was anything but. In the late 2010s, LCF issued ‘mini-bonds’, … Continue reading

Are ISAs past their best-before dates?

The role of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) has changed since they were launched over 20 years ago, so are they still worth having? Since ISAs were introduced in April 1999 the ISA portfolio has been extended to include: Junior ISAs … Continue reading

Retiring in 2021… or beyond

A recent survey of people who have or plan to retire in 2021 provides interesting insights, whatever your intended retirement year. The average age of people planning to retire in 2021 is 60, according to a recently published survey by … Continue reading

April is the month of benefit increases

State pensions and the National Living Wage both increased in April. Still under 60% April is the month when state benefits are uprated – unless they are subject to a freeze. It is also the month when the National Living … Continue reading

Global dividends in 2020

A recent report showed that global dividend payments held up much better than those in the UK in 2020. Source: Janus Henderson For investors in UK shares and funds investing in UK companies, 2020 was a grim year when it … Continue reading

The twenty-year IHT freeze

The freeze on the inheritance tax (IHT) nil rate band will mean more tax from more estates. The big freeze In March 2006 the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown, announced that the IHT nil rate band for 2009/10 would be £325,000. … Continue reading

Should you incorporate?

The planned increase in corporation tax has changed some of the mathematics on incorporation. The Budget announced a significant change to corporation tax from 2023: Small companies, with profits of up to £50,000, would continue to pay the tax at … Continue reading

Tax Day 2021

The Spring Budget on 3 March was not the end of the taxing story. The run up to the March Budget was accompanied by much press speculation about changes to capital gains tax (CGT), inheritance tax (IHT) and pension tax … Continue reading

UK interest rates quadruple in two months

The UK base rate may be stuck at 0.1%, but there is interest rate movement elsewhere. The Bank of England has kept its base rate below 1% for over 12 years now. The rate first dropped to 0.5% on 5 … Continue reading

Inflation: at a turning point?

We could see a jump in inflation soon. The pandemic has posed problems for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) when it comes to calculating the rate of inflation. For example: How do you measure the price of an item … Continue reading

Nurture Spring 2021

Welcome to the Spring edition of our newsletter

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Were you born after 5 April 1971?

A new consultation paper has set out more details of an increase in the normal minimum retirement age. In February the Treasury and HMRC published a consultation paper on implementing an increase in the normal minimum pension age (NMPA) from … Continue reading

Pensions lifetime allowance devaluation continues

The Budget announced a five-year freeze to the standard lifetime allowance. The standard lifetime allowance (SLA) is an important pensions number. It effectively sets the maximum tax efficient value of all your retirement benefits, in the absence of any legislative … Continue reading