Inheritance Tax

No longer something that only affects the very wealthy.

At the time of writing this issue, the uncertainty around the terms of Brexit have been extended to a new deadline set for 31 October. All we can do is expect the best, prepare for the worst and capitalise on what comes.

Inheritance Tax is no longer something that only affects the very wealthy, but the good news is that there are ways to limit the amount of Inheritance Tax your family may potentially face. You worked hard to earn your wealth, so let us work hard preserving it. On page 06, we look at how you can help your family maintain its financial strength from one generation to the next.

You want to pay the minimum amount of tax legally possible. We want that for you, too. The 2019/20 tax year started on 6 April and, in general, taxpayers will have more money in their pocket after increases to allowances came into force. However, there are a few losers, in particular those selling shares and buy-to-let landlords. To find out more, turn to page 03.

Making a Will is very important if you care what happens to your money and your belongings after you die, and most of us do. On page 11, we consider why discussing your Will with beneficiaries means they are better prepared when the time comes, even though you may be nervous about raising the topic. A full list of the articles featured in this issue appears opposite.

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Contents

  • Page 03 NEW TAX YEAR The key changes you need to know
  • Page 04 BUILDING A DIVERSE PORTFOLIO Time, patience and making informed decisions
  • Page 06 INHERITANCE TAX No longer something that only affects the very wealthy
  • Page 08 TRACING A LOST PENSION Nearly £20 billion unclaimed money and growing
  • Page 09 FREETIREES Pension freedoms usher in a new generation
  • Page 10 STATE PENSION Half a million workers past pension age could be paying unnecessary tax
  • Page 11 WHY SILENCE ISN’T NECESSARILY BLISS Over six million adults refuse to discuss their Will with loved ones
  • Page12 LIFETIME ALLOWANCE Breach may impact on more than a million workers
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