Interest Free Loans

It is common for owner managed businesses to receive loans either from the owner/director (Director’s Loan Accounts) or from related companies with common ownership. It is also normal for these loans to be provided “interest-free”. Although it may sound contradictory, under the new UK accounting standard for small companies, FRS102 (1A), there is a requirement[…]

Personal tax planning

A guide to reducing an individual’s tax liability. The overriding aim of all personal tax planning is to legally reduce the amount of tax paid on an individual’s income. This income can come from a number of sources and the tax reduction strategies available will be based on the reliefs and allowances applicable to each[…]

Salary or dividend?

What’s the most tax-efficient way to pay yourself in 2016/17? Owner-managers and contractors often pay themselves in a combination of salaries, bonuses and dividends. A common strategy is to draw a salary of around £8,000 while also extracting profits from the business as a dividend. A salary of £8,060 (for the 2015/16 tax year) preserves[…]

Residence and domicile

A guide to understanding the terms residence and domicile as well as their legal and tax implications. A large part of a person’s legal identity is based upon where they live at any one time and how long they will be staying there. If you stay in the UK for a prolonged period of time,[…]

Early pension exit fees capped

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will be given the power to cap “excessive” early exit fees on pension pots. The new FCA responsibility will be introduced through legislation and the government will be publishing a formal response. The proposals will see the FCA being independently responsible for determining what the level of the cap on[…]

New state pension: a guide

The new state pension comes into effect from 6 April 2016 but research has found that many savers don’t understand the changes. A survey by Aviva found that: 24% are unaware of the flat rate pension 42% of 55-64 year olds aren’t sure if they’ll receive it 57% know that the state pension age is[…]

Retirement planning

An introduction to using your resources to ensure you get the retirement you want. What do you want your life to be like when you pass retirement age? Are you looking forward to the end of your working life as a time to take on new projects or to simply relax after 40 plus years[…]