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How the Recent Election Results Might Impact Your Finances

How the Recent Election Results Might Impact Your Finances Following the recent election on the 4th of July, the newly elected government's proposed tax reforms could significantly affect personal finances, potentially altering income tax rates, deductions, and credits. Here’s a breakdown of what may happen during Labour’s time as our elected government. Changes to pensions…

From victory to Budget? Labour’s first 100 days

From victory to Budget? Labour’s first 100 days With a majority of over 200 and a weight of expectations, what happens next for Sir Kier Starmer’s new Labour government? The importance of the first 100 days of a new government cannot be understated. Within that period the new incumbent has the greatest political capital to…

‘798 years on hold’: navigating HMRC’s customer service issues

‘798 years on hold’: navigating HMRC’s customer service issues The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report on HMRC customer service which isn’t a happy story. Source: HMRC historic data, Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) estimates A common tactic for grabbing a headline, be it a politician or organisation, is to take a relatively…

Dow Jones breaks through 40,000

Dow Jones breaks through 40,000 In mid-May 2024, the Dow Jones Index crossed the 40,000 threshold for the first time. Source: investing.com You might have noted headlines in May that the Dow Jones Index of US shares had broken through the 40,000 mark for the first time. It may have sounded like a significant landmark,…

How to raise tax revenue without raising tax rates

How to raise tax revenue without raising tax rates As we count down to the general election in July, be wary of those manifesto promises not to raise tax rates. The Conservatives and the Labour party are going into the next election with the same key fiscal rule. This states that in five years’ time,…

Au-tonomy: a shiny investment or tarnished goods?

Au-tonomy: a shiny investment or tarnished goods? Gold is having its day in the sun, but for how long?  Source: Investing.com Long before Bitcoin was even a twinkle in the eye of its alleged inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, there was gold. If you did not trust rulers, institutions or paper money, gold was what you owned…

Probate fees on the rise

Probate fees on the rise The fees for obtaining probate in England and Wales have increased. The fee charged to obtain probate in England and Wales has been increased from £273 to £300 (10%) and for confirmation in Scotland, which has a sliding scale by 2%. Northern Ireland revised its probate fees in November 2023.…

New British Savings Bond – worth the wait?

New British Savings Bond – worth the wait? National Savings provides a glimpse of the new savings bond promised in the Spring Budget. Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget had an emphasis on Britishness with talk of “the great British pub”, ‘the British ISA’ (now a UK ISA) and ‘Great British Nuclear’. Included on the list of…

Have you overlooked a changed tax status?

Have you overlooked a changed tax status? With allowances frozen or cut, you may have underpaid tax for 2023/24. Your tax position may have changed for the last year without you really noticing. Consider the following: Tax Year 2021/22 2023/24 2024/25 Personal allowance £12,570 £12,570 £12,570 Dividend allowance £2,000 £1,000 £500 Personal savings allowance £1,000…

The WASPI saga continues

The WASPI saga continues Many women born in the 1950s should be paid compensation for a shortfall in their pensions according to a new report. The WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign has been running for nine years. In that time, it has consistently argued that women born in the 1950s were unfairly treated…

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