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DIVIDENDS FALL BY OVER 50%

Dividends paid by UK companies dropped dramatically in the second quarter of the year. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on dividend payments has been highlighted by recent research from Link Asset Services, one of the leading UK company registrars. It looked at the dividend payments from UK listed companies in the second quarter of [...]

By | 2020-08-05T09:26:31+00:00 August 5th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

INHERITANCE DISPUTES

More arguments about wills are reaching the High Court. A recent report from the Ministry of Justice revealed that, last year in England and Wales, 188 cases involving contested wills were heard in the High Court, an increase of nearly 50% over the previous year. In practice that figure almost certainly understates quite how many [...]

By | 2020-08-05T09:25:51+00:00 August 5th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

SUMMER STAMP DUTY CHARGES

The Chancellor’s Summer Statement introduced temporary changes in stamp duty land tax on homes, which prompted similar – but not identical – changes in Scotland and Wales. In his Statement on 8 July, the Chancellor raised the starting point for stamp duty land tax (SDLT) in England and Northern Ireland from £125,000 to £500,000 until [...]

By | 2020-08-05T09:25:10+00:00 August 5th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

CAPITAL GAINS TAX COMES UNDER REVIEW

The Chancellor has asked the Office of Tax Simplification to review capital gains tax. Within a week of giving his Summer Statement, the Chancellor wrote to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) asking it to “undertake a review of capital gains tax (CGT) and aspects of the taxation of chargeable gains in relation to individuals [...]

By | 2020-08-05T09:24:32+00:00 August 5th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

SO MUCH CASH, SO LITTLE INTEREST…

The latest statistics on ISAs have emerged, showing nearly £270bn is held in cash. Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) reached their 20th birthday in April last year. Somewhat belatedly, HMRC has now issued ISA statistics up to April 2019. These reveal some surprising – and not so surprising – facts about ISAs: Overall ISA subscriptions in [...]

By | 2020-08-05T09:21:18+00:00 August 5th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

REDEFINING INCOME – DIVIDEND REQUIREMENTS SUSPENDED

In a rare move, the rules for what constitutes an income fund have been changed. What counts as an income fund? The Investment Association (IA), the trade body for investment fund managers, sets detailed criteria for no less than 39 different investment sectors, ranging from Japanese Smaller Companies to Volatility Managed. The IA also monitors [...]

By | 2020-05-12T14:50:14+00:00 May 12th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

CRISIS LESSONS – SPOTLIGHT FALLS ON SOCIAL SECURITY NET

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted many aspects of life which had previously gone unnoticed or ignored and found the holes. The full extent to which supply chains are global is an obvious example. Our reliance on internet connections and their surprising robustness when the world turned to Netflix and Zoom is another. Of crucial importance [...]

By | 2020-05-12T14:49:33+00:00 May 12th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

THE INHERITANCE TAX DOG THAT DIDN’T BARK…

One of the few surprises in March’s Budget was that the Chancellor never mentioned inheritance tax (IHT) or expected simplification measures. Before 11 March there had been much speculation that the Budget would introduce a range of changes to IHT. This was more than just the usual press kite-flying, as the Office of Tax Simplification [...]

By | 2020-04-14T10:08:56+00:00 April 14th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments