Inflation dips below the Bank of England’s target

January 2019 saw the lowest level of inflation since January 2017, with the rate recorded at 1.8%. The data was slightly better than had been expected, with the CPI rate falling to below the Bank of England’s 2% target for the first time in two years.

Check your April pay slip

Your April pay may look much the same as March’s, but it is worth giving your pay slip a close look. If you are an employee, your April pay slip is always worth checking, even if you pay little attention to the other eleven you receive over a year.

The rise and rise of UK dividends

Your income could have increased by more than double the rate of CPI inflation in 2018.

Old case throws up pension protection risk

A European Court decision from 1990 is suddenly raising questions about a key element of pension taxation. On 17 May 1990, the European Court of Justice decided that gender equality should be applied to non-state pensions.

One more twist on buy to let

When George Osborne announced in his summer 2015 Budget a variety of tax changes aimed at discouraging buy-to-let (BTL) investment, they came as a surprise. To ease their impact, the then Chancellor phased in the most significant reform, a revised treatment of interest relief, over four years and deferred its start date to April 2017.

Inheritance tax reductions ahead of potential reform

Inheritance tax (IHT) will be slightly reduced for some from 6 April 2019, but greater reforms may arrive soon.

Protecting the state pension for stay-at-home parents

An issue concerning how the high income child benefit charge (HICBC) can potentially affect stay-at-home parents has emerged.

Preparing for the new tax year

One of the few certainties about 2019 is that the new tax rates and thresholds will take effect from the start of the 2019/20 tax year on 6 April.

Money pouring in to VCTs, despite the risks

Investment in venture capital trusts (VCTs) is continuing to rise as we head in to 2019/20.

Happy birthday to tax-free savings

The arrival of the new tax year on 6 April means it is time to consider your Individual Savings Accounts (ISA) investments, which will celebrate their 20th birthday in April.