Tax Planning

When it comes to taxes — whether it’s income tax, corporation tax or VAT — it is wise to ensure you aren’t paying more than you need to. Taxation can be very complicated and the rules, reliefs and allowances are subject to change. It’s important to stay aware of the current laws to ensure that you can manage your personal finances in a tax-efficient way. By understanding how taxation works you should be better prepared to manage your finances and could end up saving money in the long run.

In the UK the tax year runs from 6th April through to 5th April. During this time the Government requires everyone to pay an appropriate level of income tax on their earned income, which helps to pay for public services like education and healthcare. As well as income tax, you could also be liable for capital gains tax on profits you make from any chargeable assets you have sold or for tax on gifts you have made during your lifetime. If your estate is over a certain value when you die, it will also be subject to inheritance tax.

Tax planning is best done with the help of a financial adviser or accountant. Advanced Asset Consultants assess your financial situation and look at your goals in order to formulate a suitable strategy to help you plan in advance and use lawful reliefs and allowances to minimise the amount you have to pay.

This may include checking your annual and lifetime allowance with regards to pensions as there are many people getting caught out due to the reduction in the levels allowable under the new rules, resulting in additional tax being incurred.

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Pension freedom withdrawals cut through £10bn barrier

Wednesday April 26, 2017

More than £10bn has been accessed flexibly since the introduction of pension freedom in 2015, the latest HM Revenue & Customs statistics have shown. A total £1.59bn was flexibly withdrawn in Q1 2017, the most in any quarter since Q2 2016 and the second-highest figure seen. More than 390,000 flexible payments were made in the …


£20k ‘death tax’: Government new Tax charge

Wednesday April 12, 2017

The Government’s dramatic increase in probate fees is attracting more outcry as it emerges the Ministry of Justice does not know how much it costs to handle an application for probate. From next month, a new system takes effect that will see the largest estates pay £20,000 in probate fees. Probate must be granted to …



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