New tax year pension tasks »
Now we are in the new tax year it will soon be possible to get a grip on what allowances are remaining from the 2017/18 tax year with regards to the annual allowance and to check pension contributions for the previous years.
For those not subject to the tapered annual allowance it should have been possible to get accurate figures before the end of the tax year for any money purchase schemes and contributions but for those subject to the taper any small amount of taxable income will have an impact to the available annual allowance and therefore use of any carry forward from previous years.
The insurance gender pay gap »
The CII analyses the insurance sector's gender pay gap and provides guidance to members on how to fix it.
Domicile and trusts: review of recent changes I »
A lot has happened in the last couple of years as regards the tax treatment of non-UK domiciled individuals as well as offshore trusts. Now that almost all of the changes have come into effect (the latest from 6 April 2018) it is a good time to review the issues relevant to those who are or have been affected by those changes. Principally we are concerned about individuals who are not domiciled in the UK but are either resident in the UK or own property here. This month we will concentrate on the fundamentals and next month we will consider some specific planning strategies that are still relevant.
Bypass Trusts and the 45% special lump sum death benefit charge »
As is well known, in the case of a member of a pension scheme dying aged 75 or over and a lump sum being paid to a personal discretionary/flexible trust (such as a by-pass trust), a 45% SLSDBC income tax charge will arise. On later payment of some or all of this amount to a beneficiary, the beneficiary will be taxed on the grossed-up amount but be entitled to a credit for tax previously suffered by the trustees.
Personal tax changes effective from 6 April 2018 »
A reminder of some of the less publicised changes to personal taxation, effective from 6 April 2018, which may impact on the clients of financial advisers.
Settlors and problems with mental capacity II »
Last month we looked at the application of some general principles for establishing mental capacity and how the loss of capacity impacts decision making, in particular in the context of will making and deciding to marry. We also looked at some recent guidance as to when attorneys can make gifts as part of IHT planning on behalf of the donor who has lost capacity.
This month we look more specifically at capacity issues in the context of trusts. This could relate to the capacity of the settlor as well as the capacity of a trustee.
What should the last month have taught investors? »
Someone once told me that on average, we won’t remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we see and 30% of what we hear. There is no way that’s true. I think we forget a lot more than that. Why else do I have to pause Game of Thrones every three minutes to google who a character is? And I’m paying attention in Game of Thrones! Memory gets even more challenging depending on where we were when we were trying to retain the information, what else was going on (in the room and in our lives) and how long ago it was.
IHT business relief – the impact of cash held in a business »
In this article we consider the basic conditions which need to be satisfied for business relief to apply and how excess cash held in a business could affect the position.
CII urges publication of Brexit financial services position paper »
As the Prime Minister is set to announce more detail on the Government’s Brexit negotiating stance in the final ‘Road to Brexit’ ministerial speech, the CII urges the Government to publish the long-awaited Brexit position paper on financial services.
CII member economic outlook and Brexit survey results »
Results from the annual CII member economic and Brexit temperature check