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Thousands of bereaved spouses pay unnecessary tax on inherited Isas

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 | News

Thousands of bereaved partners could be incurring unnecessary tax bills because they fail to take advantage of an Isa transfer allowance.

Have yourself a merry little tax return: thousands file self-assessments on Christmas Day

Thursday, 27 December 2018 | News

Thousands of taxpayers filed self-assessment returns on Christmas Day, according to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Brace yourself for council tax rises of up to 5% in 2019, adding £80 a year to the average bill

Friday, 14 December 2018 | News

Households can expect to see council tax rise by as much as 5% in 2019 following the publication of the government’s annual local government funding settlement.

Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC as lower-income earners 'disproportionately' targeted, report warns

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 | News

Powers given to HM Revenue and Customs to tackle tax evasion are undermining the rule of law and are unfair to taxpayers, a report from the House of Lords has warned.

Will HMRC find out if I fail to declare the tax I owe?

Friday, 30 November 2018 | Question and Answer

You may have to pay CGT if you make a gain when you sell or transfer property that is not your main home. This applies to a sale or transfer of a second property to your son.

How can I avoid spending Mum’s cash on tax or care?

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 | Question and Answer

If your mother died after changing an account into joint names, the balance of this account would pass to you as the surviving account holder.

Can I give my children cash without them having to pay IHT?

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 | Question and Answer

If the value of your estate – including these gifts – are beneath the nil-rate band, there is no tax to pay.

Hundreds of thousands of families needlessly filling in inheritance tax paperwork

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 | News

The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has called on HMRC to reduce or remove the requirement to submit inheritance tax forms for smaller or simpler estates

Probate fee hike for bereaved families is an "abuse of power" says accountancy institute

Thursday, 22 November 2018 | News

The intention of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to increase probate fees for bereaved families is an abuse of the government's constitutional power says the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Five ways you could boost your income courtesy of... the taxman!

Monday, 12 November 2018 | News

We don't generally associate the taxman with ways of boosting our income. But HMRC is pointing out five schemes that taxpayers could be entitled to that could see a significant boost to what they take home every month.