The three main principles for investing for growth are: time in the market; spread the risk and regular reviews. Last week I discussed how time in the market is usually more beneficial for individual investors than timing the market.
The consultation document entitled “Ensuring fair taxation of residential property transactions” was published in May 2013. As always whenever the UK Treasury or HMRC refer to “fair taxation” what they really mean is “considerably increased taxation”. The resulting draft legislation was published on 11th December outlining the new taxes and charges which will have to be paid by offshore companies which own property in the UK.
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A recent tax residency court case involving a couple living in Portugal and my recent article on the subject, A Tale of Two Leavers, have generated quite a bit of interest. This is an important subject for British expatriates and worth visiting again.
If you want to stop paying income and capital gains taxes in the UK, you must ensure you are non-UK resident. It is not enough to look at Portugal’s tax residency rules, you also need to understand the rules governing UK tax residency, follow them carefully each year and keep records if necessary.
The crackdown on tax fraud and offshore tax evasion remains very much a key issue in 2014. Governments are working to detect and prevent tax evasion, and collect unpaid tax. Their investment into new technology and skilled tax investigators is paying dividends.
Could UK interest rates rise this year? There has been speculation about the possibility since unemployment figures fell faster than expected. However the Bank of England responded by saying that rates will remain “well below historic norms” in the medium term.
The Bank of England (BoE) base rate has been held at 0.5% for 58 months now, benefiting borrowers but harming savers.
The meek shall inherit the earth, according to the Bible. In the case of the UK tax authority, the meek Chancellor levies 40% inheritance tax on estates. If you have two or more heirs, it could mean that George Osborne’s office takes the largest share of your estate unless you plan carefully.
The situation is getting worse, with Mr Osborne’s measures expected to drag tens of thousands more British families into the inheritance tax net over the next five years.
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