NIC Implications and the High Income Benefit Charge

The high income benefit charge was introduced on 7 January 2013 to restrict the availability of child benefit to high earners and their partners. Essentially, where one partner earns more than £50,000, HMRC will claw back the child benefit paid. The amount clawed back will be 1% of the benefit paid for every £100 of … Continue reading NIC Implications and the High Income Benefit Charge

Year End Tax Planning

With 5th April fast approaching, here are some tax planning suggestions you may like to consider before the end of the tax year. Income Tax and Capital Gains From 6th April the Personal Allowance increases to £11,850 and the Capital Gains annual exemption to £11,700. This provides opportunities to defer income and gains to the … Continue reading Year End Tax Planning

How Pension Planning Can Help Retain Child Benefit And Save Inheritance Tax

If you or your spouse/partner has an income between £50,000 and £60,000, your child benefit is clawed back at the rate of 1% for every £100, and for those earning above this, the claw back equals the whole amount of the benefit received. By making additional pension contributions, you could retain child benefits. For example, … Continue reading How Pension Planning Can Help Retain Child Benefit And Save Inheritance Tax

5 Tax Planning Tips As 5 April Approaches

For those of you in self-assessment, you know the drill by now…the annual cycle will be all too familiar. Your accountants will soon be issuing reminders through all available channels of communication, hot on the heels of HMRC and their teal green reminders. But before we hit the 6 April and commence on our self-assessment … Continue reading 5 Tax Planning Tips As 5 April Approaches

Will you lose your child benefit?

Child benefit will be withdrawn for high income taxpayers from January 2013. The threshold for this tax change is £50,000 and will be tapered on income from this figure up to £60,000 when no child benefit will be due. The change has been the subject of much controversy. Take two families both with two children. … Continue reading Will you lose your child benefit?