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Changes to the pensions lifetime allowance (LTA)

In the 2023 Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced significant changes to the pensions lifetime allowance.

Our pensions specialists have analysed the policy paper and summarised their findings. Read about what you should know, ahead of the changes coming into effect on 6th April.

IHT for married and civil partnership couples

Inheritance tax (IHT) was once regarded as a tax that only affected the very wealthy.; however, rising property prices and a freeze on allowances mean many more people are facing a tax charge upon death.

Everyone’s circumstances are different and it is important that even if you don’t consider yourself particularly wealthy, you take proper tax and financial planning advice.

Planning for inheritance tax

Inheritance tax (IHT) is an increasing reality for many, as rising property values and savings, and frozen tax allowances, mean more estates are set to pass the threshold.

But the saving grace is that it is easy to plan for. By looking ahead to to the very end of your financial journey, you can avoid or reduce the tax, meaning more to pass on to loved ones (and help them at the start of theirs).

We give our top tips on inheritance tax to help you get started.

IHT planning for cohabiting couples

When it comes to relationships and money, where you sit on the marriage spectrum can matter. This is because some tax rules (such as on inheritance) permit married and civil partners to transfer assets and allowances to each other tax-free, but currently don’t give the same protections if you live together or otherwise share a life unmarried.

Careful planning is the key. We analyse the main rules and what you should know.

Scottish Budget 2023

On 19th December, Scottish Finance Secretary Shona Robison unveiled the Scottish Government’s 2024/25 budget plans in what she described as turbulent circumstances: a turbulence which the SNP opted to largely direct towards Scotland’s high earners in the form of income tax hikes.

What is fiscal drag?

Simply put, it is the effect that the freeze on income tax rates and bands has on real earnings. When tax bands or tax allowances do not rise along with inflation or the cost of living, you may find that you inadvertently pay more income tax.

Time to gift?

Considering how to gift is vital when thinking about your long-term wealth strategy. As well as helping others, it can be a practical way to reduce the size of your estate: the key factor for inheritance tax calculations, which is becoming a greater reality for many as home values and inflation rises. As a starting point, although it is good to gift, there are some tax considerations to be aware of. We break down the basics in our easy-to-follow guide.

Autumn Statement 2023

There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks regarding the announcements the Chancellor could make, in what could possibly be his last Statement before the next general election.

We take a look at some of the key announcements for individuals and businesses.