Business planning

Emergency Budget 2010: VAT to rise

As had been expected, the Chancellor has chosen to raise the basic rate of VAT, from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent.

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Firms hesitant over asking for loans

Small businesses are showing a continuing reluctance to approach banks for loans and credit.

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Planning for retirement

Many people's retirement plans have been interrupted by various falls in stock markets, low annuity rates and the recent lack of growth in the buy-to-let marketplace brought about by changes in the taxation of income and the reduction in the claim that can be made for loan interest for buy-to-lets. What does a comfortable retirement look like for you, and can you improve what you will retire on?

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Tax planning for businesses

If you are thinking of starting a business, you should consider, among other factors, the impact of being the business owner on all areas of your life and the degree of risk involved. Devising a strong business plan is essential to aid and help you navigate the direction of the business.

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Strategies for you and your family

No matter what your age, personal or financial status, you will have dreams, and expectations. The impact of the recession necessitates a review in order to evaluate what realistic view you take of your planning. We can advise and help you plan how to make your goals a reality.

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Selling your business

A strategy to maximise the assets of your business on its sale requires patient, advance planning.

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Entrepreneurs' relief

The relief is intended to replace Business Asset Taper relief for disposals by smaller business owners. It produces a net tax rate of 10% on the disposal, although for those making modest gains there is a slight increase in the actual tax burden compared to that payable under business asset taper relief because the CGT annual exemption saves less tax under this relief (at 18%) than it did under taper relief (at 40%).

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Financial planning for life

Throughout life, from childhood to retirement, circumstances and priorities change. At every stage it is important to make well-informed decisions to ensure that you and your family are following the best strategies for achieving your goals.

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Building your wealth

Making your savings grow and being able to retire when and how you want is one of your most important financial objectives. But achieving this goal takes planning and perseverance.

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