Autumn Budget 2017

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has unveiled his Budget to Parliament – here’s a brief summary of some of the measures announced which may affect your own personal finances. Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) abolished for first-time buyers on homes under £300,000 from 22 November First-time buyers of homes worth between £300,000 and … Continue reading “Autumn Budget 2017”

Leave your family a pension – not a tax charge!

Many employer pension schemes now include a Death in Service benefit. But should the worst happen, this apparent perk may cause even more grief for your family if you don’t plan ahead. What are the risks and how can you avoid them? Isn’t it ironic, as Alanis Morissette once sang? Your employer, keen to offer … Continue reading “Leave your family a pension – not a tax charge!”

Three Ways to Cope with Losing Buy-to-Let Tax Relief

The game has changed for many buy-to-let landlords. From April 2017 the change to buy-to-let tax relief started being phased in, which could translate into a big loss of profits for many with rental properties. What can you do about it? It used to seem as if buying to let was a licence to print … Continue reading “Three Ways to Cope with Losing Buy-to-Let Tax Relief”

Will the Lifetime ISA help you buy your first home?

There’s a new ISA in town: the Lifetime ISA. Designed to help both first-time buyers and people saving for retirement, it’s certainly an ambitious idea – but does it deliver, and what are the drawbacks? Let’s take a look at this ISA’s finer points. If you’re a 20-something or 30-something in the UK today, you … Continue reading “Will the Lifetime ISA help you buy your first home?”

Leave or Remain? The final salary pension decision

Final salary pensions may be gold-plated, but are you also sitting on a transferrable gold mine? Here we weigh up the pros and cons of transferring to a personal pension, and offers a way to calculate your potential benefits. Gold-plated. Gold standard. Or how about the less glitzy ‘copper-bottomed’ or ‘cast-iron guarantee’? However you look … Continue reading “Leave or Remain? The final salary pension decision”

New Taxation rules on Buy-To-Let set to bite

Data from the Nationwide Building Society in November showed that the buy-to-let boom may be tailing off. Their figures show that they lent £2.8bn in the six months to September 2016, down from £2.9bn in the same period a year earlier. From April 2017, landlords could find themselves paying tax at higher rates as a … Continue reading “New Taxation rules on Buy-To-Let set to bite”