The current ISA allowance is £15,240, rising to £20,000 for 2017/18. Remember that there is no longer a 50% restriction on the amount that you can invest in a cash ISA; the £15,240 annual limit covers all ISA investments which could be in shares, bonds, cash or certain other investments.  

  From April 2017,adults under the age of 40 will be able to open a Lifetime ISA (LISA) and pay in up to £4,000 each tax year. They will be able to continue making contributions up to the age of 50. The government will add a 25% bonus to these contributions. This means that individuals who save the maximum will receive a £1,000 bonus each year from the Government.  

  The Treasury Select Committee has reviewed the proposals for the introduction of “Making tax digital” (MTD) and have agreed with the various professional bodies that if the new systems are introduced too quickly there could be a disaster. It would significantly increase burdens on small businesses. In their report they comment that the overall benefits of mandating the digitising of record keeping and quarterly reporting, as is currently envisaged,

  All UK taxpayers may benefit from pausing, taking a deep breath, and considering their planning options as we approach the run-up to yet another tax year end.   Individuals   The prime areas for consideration are where income levels are threatening to break through into the higher rates of Income Tax. For 2016-17, these are:   If your taxable income exceeds £32,000 (after deducting your £11,000 personal allowance) you

  Where an individual is resident but not domiciled in the UK there are special rules that apply to that person’s overseas income and capital gains. Plus only their UK assets are charged to inheritance tax. The government has been consulting this summer on possible changes to the rules from 6 April 2017.   Currently the UK domicile rules provide that where an individual’s father is non-domiciled then his children

  From 6 April 2013, the total amount of certain Income Tax reliefs that can be used to reduce your total taxable income is limited to £50,000, or 25% of your adjusted total income, if higher.   The main reliefs subject to this limit are:   trade loss relief against general income and early trade losses relief – claimed on the self-employment, Lloyd’s underwriters or partnership pages property loss relief

  The length of time you need to keep tax records depends on the types of income you earn and the types of tax you are paying. A list of time limits is set out below:   Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax   If you are not in business One year from the 31 January following the end of the tax year. For 2016-17, you would need to keep

  We have received enquiries from a number of clients, concerned that HMRC is going to try and tax them for the small amounts of cash that they make from pursuing hobbies. For example, buying and selling on eBay or setting up stalls at their local drive in markets – car boot sales.   If you establish a regular pattern of making money in this way, and in fact turn

  Where an individual is resident in the UK, he or she is generally taxable on worldwide income and gains whether or not it is brought back into the UK. Again, there can be significant interest and penalties on top of the unpaid tax if HMRC find out.   HMRC now exchange information involving savings and investments overseas with about 90 other countries and again match that data with individuals’

  Where a married couple hold savings accounts and other investments in joint names, the income from those investments is split 50:50 for tax purposes, unless there is an election to allocate the income in accordance with their beneficial interests. This is particularly important where the couples’ marginal tax rates are different now that there are different personal savings allowances.   Where the husband pays tax at 40% and the