Tax Planning

Tax Planning finds ways of reducing the tax likely to be deducted from your estate after you pass away. It also minimises the tax payable during your lifetime. Without it, you and your family could lose out, and HMRC could become your biggest beneficiary.

Our service looks at your overall position and helps you plan. We advise on Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Stamp Duty Land Tax, and Inheritance Tax.

It is better to do Tax Planning sooner rather than later, as it can take years to qualify for essential reliefs.

Call or email us today to discuss your Tax Planning Report.

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Who needs a Tax Planning Report?

Anyone requiring advice on Estate Planning, Capital Gains Tax and Income Tax will benefit from a report. Tax planning is essential if you have substantial assets, especially if you’re considering passing them on in your lifetime. And significant tax savings are still available to people who aren’t considering making these gifts.

What is Inheritance Tax?

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is payable on the estate left by a deceased person. Your Executors will be in charge of paying your IHT to HMRC. It is payable on the value of all of your property, possessions, and money over the Nil Rate Bands and after the various reliefs available. The standard IHT Nil Rate Band is £325,000. If you leave your home to your children or grandchildren, there is an additional Residential Nil Rate Band of £175,000. Inheritance Tax takes 40% of your taxable estate, after these Nil Rate Bands and other allowances.

Please see further details and advice on our page all about IHT.

“Inheritance Tax – it is, broadly speaking; a voluntary levy paid by those who distrust their heirs more than they dislike the Inland Revenue.” – Roy Jenkins.

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What is Capital Gains Tax?

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) applies to the profit on a sale or ‘disposal’ of an asset that has increased value. Disposals can arise when selling, making gifts, receiving compensation, or swapping. CGT is payable on gains on property, business assets, most personal possessions worth above £6,000, and shares not in an ISA or PEP. You only have to pay tax on your gains above the Capital Gains tax-free allowance, which is £12,300, or £6,150 for Trusts. There are also some valuable reliefs, including Principal Private Residence Relief and Business Asset Disposal Relief.

What is Income Tax?

Income Tax is a tax on income; including::

  • Employment
  • Self-employment profits
  • Rental income
  • Interest on savings
  • Most pensions

In most cases, the higher your income, the higher your tax rate. The basic rate is 20%, the higher rate is 40%, and the additional rate is 45%. Most UK residents have a Personal Allowance, which is a tax-free income – this is £12,570.

“Every man is entitled, if he can, to order his affairs so that the tax attaching under the appropriate Acts is less than it otherwise would be. If he succeeds in ordering them so as to secure this result, then, however unappreciative the Commissioners of Inland Revenue or his fellow taxpayers may be of his ingenuity, he cannot be compelled to pay an increased tax.” – Lord Tomlin.

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is usually payable on buying valuable property or land in England or Northern Ireland. There are different rules in Scotland and Wales.

The SDLT threshold is £125,000 for residential properties and £150,000 for land and properties which are non-residential. You have to pay SDLT if you buy:

  • A new or existing leasehold property
  • A freehold property
  • A property through a shared ownership scheme

You will also have to pay SDLT if you receive land or property in exchange for payment, e.g. taking on a mortgage. Various reliefs may apply, such as buying your first home or buying more than one property.

What’s included in the Tax Planning Report

We can help you get Tax Planning right to keep more hard-earned money for yourself and your family. Enjoy approved tax breaks and minimise what you pay – while staying within the law. Your report can include:

  • Tax-saving products and investments
  • Identifying opportunities to use Trusts or Family Limited Partnerships
  • Family wealth spreading
  • Saving tax and keeping control of your assets
  • How to maximise allowances and reliefs
  • Tailor-made Tax Planning products
  • How to deal with HMRC
  • Review of your Will

There are exemptions to Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Stamp Duty Land Tax, and Income Tax which can all be explored and may help reduce your tax costs. These include making efficient gifts, planning how to leave your estate to others, and further relief.

A Lifetime Trust can also help prevent your legacy from passing IHT issues onto your beneficiaries.

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How we can help

Our experienced tax advisers and accountants can recommend the best planning for your situation. We understand that every case is different. So, we will discuss your circumstances in detail and then provide you with personal guidance. We will produce an action plan setting out what you need to do, and if you wish, we are available to assist with putting this into action.

Our tax planning ideas are bespoke for each client and take advantage of available tax reliefs and low-risk planning techniques. We never deal with template schemes that might attract HMRC’s attention.

We employ tax advisers with big four accountancy firm experience, but at affordable fees, and you will always deal with the same person.

Minimise tax costs and protect your legacy from HMRC with a Tax Planning Report today.

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