HMRC is striving to revolutionise the UK tax system and plans to do that through the Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative. HMRC wants to be the most efficient tax authority in the world, and embracing the use of digital data appears to be the path towards that. The current system can be scrutinised for not being effective enough, efficient enough or straightforward enough for taxpayers. By bringing in a completely digitalised tax system by 2020, HMRC aims to make those problems a thing of the past whilst also bringing down the overheads involved in managing UK tax affairs. Continue reading →
Changes to inheritance tax (IHT) came in earlier this year, affecting the allowance for those wanting to pass on their home to members of the family. But as the changes are being rolled out over the next few years up to the 2020/21 financial year, it can be hard to know if and how the changes will affect you. Continue reading →
The National Landlords Association (NLA) has warned that the next pension crisis could be created by the impact of changes to the way buy-to-let properties are taxed, as many individuals are becoming increasingly reliant on funding their retirement through income generated by property. Recent figures suggest that around 77% of landlords rely on their residential property investment for when they retire, which equates to around 1.8 million people in the UK. Additionally, buy-to-let continues to be considered a safe way of saving for retirement, with 68% of people seeing it as a good way to plan for when they finish work. Continue reading →
Defined benefit (DB) pension schemes continue to be a hot topic in the business and financial worlds as an increasing number of people seek to transfer their pensions from a DB scheme. Recent figures suggest that more than four out of five (83%) of financial advisers in the UK have seen an increased demand for such transfers over the last twelve months, with over half (54%) describing it as a ‘significant increase’. Additionally, 71% of UK advisers said they expected the demand to increase further over the coming year. Continue reading →
We have just completed one of the financial reviews for our clients here at SSFM, with most of the communication being sent out by secure email requesting clients to give us permission to re-balance their portfolios. Whilst undertaking this process this time it got me thinking for some reason. I then found this famous quote below from a great innovator Henry Ford.
The reason it had me thinking, was about the importance of both ongoing advice as well as initial advice for clients. All of our clients have gone through the initial advice process when becoming a client of SSFM. So, most of you will know that in the first instance I try to guide and educate people in finance, as best as I can (remembering that I am not a teacher). But the ongoing advice part of the solution is also of paramount importance.
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