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5 Ways To Save Tax With Offshore Bonds

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Everyone wants their savings to work harder, and for British expats offshore bonds are a good way to squeeze every penny out of an investment. Offshore bonds are effectively a portfolio of up to 100 insurance policies that hold savings in a tax-efficient wrapper. The main advantage of saving into an offshore bond is ‘gross … Read more

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Expat Men Ready To Jump On Plane Home If They Fall Ill

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Most expats are so worried about local health care standards in the countries where they are on assignment that they have emergency plans to go home if they fall seriously ill. New research found that 84% of expat men needed health care while living abroad, with 72% expressing concerns about standards and two-thirds ready to … Read more

Apple Pitches ‘Affordable’ iPhone SE To Smartphone Mid-Market

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Apple has released a new version of the iPhone aimed at offering a more affordable version of the market-leading smartphone. The iPhone SE starts at £419 – around half the price of many other iPhones. The device features a 4.7-inch retina display and touch ID for enhanced security. Apple says the iPhone SE is re-engineered from … Read more

Markets Catch A Cold From Coronavirus Wonder Drug Failure

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Share prices around the world have dropped after a potential wonder drug for treating coronavirus failed medical trials in China. Medics have pinned their hopes on Gilead Sciences treatment remdesivir offering a respite from the pandemic. But researchers in China reported the drug had no discernible effect on coronavirus patients despite test results to the … Read more

Secret HMRC Unit Targets Wealthy Families

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A hush-hush tax probe is underway to stop wealthy investors avoiding inheritance tax with family investment companies. HM revenue & Customs set up a special unit to investigate family offices a year ago. The FICs are believed to manage more than £1 trillion in assets which are escaping IHT by exploiting legal loopholes. The main … Read more

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Your Personal Tax Coding Notice Explained

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Expats will soon collect their coding notices from the tax man, but what does the strange jumble of numbers and letters mean? Recently, tax codes have changed depending on which country in the UK where someone lives. For expats, the tax coding will appear on a Form P60 from HM Revenue & Customs which lets … Read more

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Shareholder Perks – A Bonus For Investing

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If you watch how you spend your money and try hard to save, there ‘s one trick you may be missing – shareholder perks. Investors do not have to plough wads of money into a company to qualify for extra discounts and exclusive deals. In fact, they may be a lot cheaper than you think. … Read more

Now Landlords Have To Check For Dirty Air In Buy To Lets

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Dirty air in buy to let homes is the net issue on the agenda for hard-pressed landlords. From next year, property investors must tell renters about pollution levels in their homes before a tenancy starts. The measure is part of ‘material property information’ landlords and home sellers must make available to potential tenants or buyers … Read more