It’s important to make sure you aren’t paying more tax than you need to. Taxation can be very complicated and the rules, reliefs and allowances often change. This is where we can advise you.
Our UK tax year runs from 6 April through to 5 April. During this time everyone is required to pay an appropriate level of income tax on their earned income, which helps to pay for things like healthcare and education. As well as income tax, you can 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.
Tax Planning is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each client and may be subject to change in the future.
Trust Planning helps you to manage assets for the future, so that you can plan ahead and know that taxation is being mitigated.
Since trusts usually avoid probate, your beneficiaries may access these assets quicker than they might access assets that are transferred using a will.
As a consequence of increasing property prices more people than before have found themselves being caught liable to Inheritance Tax. If your estate is over the inheritance tax allowance (currently £325,000) when you die, it will be subject to a tax, known as inheritance tax.
Family home allowance
From April 2017 each individual passing on property to direct dependants, will be offered a family home allowance. This is to assist them passing their home on to their children or grandchildren tax-free after their death. This will be phased in from 2017-18.
The family home allowance will be added to the existing £325,000 Inheritance Tax threshold, meaning the total tax-free allowance for a surviving spouse or civil partner will be up to £1 million in 2020-21.
The allowance will be gradually withdrawn for estates worth more than £2 million.
There are a wide range of investment products which are acceptable to HM Revenue and Customs and which enable investors to reduce their potential liability to either income tax or inheritance tax or both.
Pension scheme members can also reduce their family’s liability to inheritance tax on the value of the member’s death benefits by arranging spousal bypass trusts.
Ultimately, financial planning will focus on what happens to the estate when you are no longer around, we can help by talking to you about the importance of making a will and the basics of inheritance tax. Should you then wish to find out more about estate planning and inheritance tax we can arrange an initial discussion.
Investments which form part of a deceased’s estate are re-valued at the date of death, so if they are sold there will be no capital gains tax to pay on any profits.
An additional service which most professional advisers are able to provide is cashflow forecasting. This uses specialist technology to calculate the period of time over which a given investment portfolio might be expected to meet identified needs for income and or capital.