Personal tax planning

16 August 2016

Gold medals for taking tax advice?

…well, not exactly.  But, if you can demonstrate that you have taken “reasonable care” in completing your tax return, you could obtain (arguably) the next best thing.

29 July 2016

How can divorce and separation affect your relationship with HMRC?

Tax is rarely at the forefront of people’s minds at the end of a relationship. However, the breakdown of a relationship offers some tax planning opportunities which can reduce the tax payable on transfers of assets made as part of a divorce settlement and can affect how the settlement is structured.

28 July 2016

Government publishes guidance on changes to tax relief for residential landlords

In Budget 2016 the Government announced that from April 2017 the tax relief that landlords of residential properties get for finance costs will be restricted to the basic rate of income tax. On 20 July 2016, the new guidance was published and is summarised here. 

Katie Allard

18 May 2016

Domicile in the Modern Family

In the Oxford Dictionary, ‘domicile’ is defined as “the country that a person treats as their permanent home, or lives in and has a substantial connection with”. However, the law in this area is far from straightforward, and as our customs and values change at an ever increasing pace within modern society, the question is to what extent the law is able to keep up.

Katie Allard

13 May 2016

Foreign companies to be required to declare their owners when buying property in the UK

Press reports of this week’s Anti-Corruption Summit, hosted by David Cameron, coincided  with the story of actress Emma Watson allegedly buying a UK property through a BVI company. While investment in UK property through offshore companies is perceived as a principal means by which corrupt individuals seek to launder dirty money, Mr Cameron accepts that there are many legitimate reasons for corporate property investment. 

Jim Sawer

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