Filling the pensions hole for the self-employed

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is aiming to expand pension coverage among the self-employed.

Understanding the Child Benefit Charge

7 January marked the fifth anniversary of the tax on child benefits, an imposition that is still not widely understood.

Shake up your New Year’s resolutions

Have your New Year resolutions fallen by the wayside yet? You know, the ones about eating better, drinking less and exercising more. The problem is they all require you to make a change to your lifestyle, which is never easy, particularly in the dark days of mid-winter.

New earnings thresholds for auto-enrolment

In early December the DWP announced the thresholds that should apply to automatic enrolment pension contributions from 6 April 2019. We say ‘should’ because, strictly speaking, they need final approval from the Secretary of State, although any change is extremely unlikely.

The 2018 investment year

The world’s share markets mostly saw falls in 2018.

Index-linked savings certificates

The popular National Savings & Investments (NS&I) savings certificates will be indexed to CPI instead of RPI from next year.

Office of Tax Simplification’s first report on inheritance tax

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published the first part of its inheritance tax (IHT) simplification review.

State pension equality means increases for all

The State Pension Age (SPA) became equal for men and women for the first time, at age 65, on 6 November 2018.

UK dividends remain strong despite volatile markets

UK dividends are continuing to grow faster than inflation, according to the latest quarterly data from Link Asset Service.

New probate fees to affect many estates

The government has revived plans to raise probate fees in England and Wales.