Personal tax planning

Estate planning

Few of us like to think about dying, but equally few of us could live with the thought that we have not made adequate provision for family and friends who survive us.

The legislation that governs passing on your estate to your chosen beneficiaries requires you to plan well in advance. Since none of us knows when we shall die, this means making the necessary provisions now.

The earlier you make the arrangements, the greater your chance of taking full advantage of the tax opportunities available and thereby maximising the amount that goes to your beneficiaries. Nothing is more demoralising than the thought that a substantial slice of the wealth you have worked hard to accumulate will end up in the Government’s coffers!

It is equally important when planning to transfer your estate that you make adequate provision for yourself and your spouse in your later years. Striking this balance calls for considerable skill and foresight – and a detailed knowledge of the tax regime.

We provide a discreet estate planning service that includes:

  • Help with drawing up and reviewing your will
  • Making full use of exemptions and lower tax rates on lifetime      transfers
  • Optimising lifetime transfers between spouses
  • Transferring agricultural or business property
  • Transferring assets into trust
  • Arranging adequate life assurance to cover potential inheritance      tax liabilities

We strongly advise you to begin your estate planning right away bycontacting us for a preliminary review.

Personal tax planning

We offer a specialist personal tax planning service tailored to your individual needs that includes:

Advice on minimising tax liability for all personal taxes, including:

  • Income tax
  • Capital gains tax (CGT)
  • Inheritance tax (IHT)
  • Non-domiciliary taxes
  • Completion and filing of relevant returns
  • Advice on what payments are due and when
  • Advice on trusts and estates

We can offer you personal tax planning advice from one of our Tax Partners.

He or she will help you optimise your tax position and ensure you meet all the compliance requirements.

Clients who benefit from this service attest to the value of an independent adviser who can look at their situation within the larger picture.

Your personal Tax Adviser will also be available to advise on issues such as:

  • How best to handle benefits such as company cars and accommodation
  • Whether directors should be paid by salary or dividend
  • How to minimize CGT liability on disposal of assets
  • How to optimise your tax position when living or working abroad

With the complex nature of tax and finances today, we also encourage our clients to develop a comprehensive personal finance plan that, in addition to general tax planning, covers:

  • Provision for education costs
  • Mortgage planning
  • Savings & investments
  • Insurance planning
  • Healthcare provision
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning

Decisions made in any of these areas are likely to affect one or more of the others, which is why we recommend working within an overall plan.

We can help you draw up a comprehensive personal financial plan.

Call us today to discuss how we can help you manage your personal finances more effectively.

Retirement strategies

Everyone hopes to maintain the same standard of living in retirement as they presently enjoy while working, but to achieve this requires considerable forward planning. Here are some important questions you need to ask yourself:

Exit strategies

If you are in business, the first thing you need to consider is your exit strategy. Will you withdraw from the business, leaving it for the next generation, or will you hope to sell the business? If you intend to hand the business over, do you have a workable succession plan? If you intend to sell, how will you value the business, find a suitable buyer, etc.? Are you aware of all the tax implications of the timing of disposals?

Pension provision

Have you made adequate pension provision, and do you have the right type of pension? Are you aware of all the pension possibilities open to business owners and directors? Are you making full use of all your allowances?

Savings and investments

Do you have the right balance between savings and investments, and between high and low risk exposures?

Life assurance and long-term care

Do you have adequate life assurance, and have you made provision for long-term care and medical insurance for you and your spouse in your later years.

We can help you answer all these questions and recommend solutions tailored to your particular needs.

Self assessment

Self assessment can be a time consuming and often confusing business for busy individuals.

And judging by the hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are penalized by the Inland Revenue each year it can also be very costly if:

  • Deadlines are missed
  • Incorrect returns are delivered
  • Appropriate records are not retained or presented

We aim to spare you all these headaches and free up your valuable time by offering a comprehensive Individual Self Assessment service, including:

  • Liaising with your bank, building society, stockbrokers etc to      gather the relevant data for your annual returns
  • Calculating your tax liability
  • Completing and filing your tax return on your behalf
  • Advising you when various payments are due and how much to pay
  • Advising on appropriate record retention
  • Introducing you to any relevant tax saving ideas
  • Representing you in the event of your being selected for      investigation by the Inland Revenue

Call us today to discuss how we can spare you the headache of Self-assessment.

Trusts and executorships

Trusts are relatively easy and very tax efficient way to set aside assets for future beneficiaries outside of the inheritance tax net. We can advise on the most suitable type of trust for your purposes, set up trusts, and provide a full range of accounting services for trusts.

We can also advise you on the preparation of your will.

Where appropriate, we can act as trustees or executors.

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