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Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
The student must confirm they will return to full time study at a named college, school or university for a course that will continue until at least 5 April 2012. The student must also not have employment during term time.
Saturday, 6 August 2011
A. Any bequests to charities in your Will are free of inheritance tax (IHT). This means the executors of your estate will only pay IHT at 40% on the value of your estate after deducting the following:
- gifts to charities,
- gifts to your UK domiciled spouse; and
- your available nil rate threshold.
For deaths after 5 April 2012 it is proposed that the rate of IHT paid will be reduced to 36%, if at least 10% of the net estate is left to charity. Your net estate is the amount on which IHT would be charged without considering the charitable gifts. You may need to redraft your Will to ensure your estate qualifies for this tax discount.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Another set of regulations is set to fall on the shoulders of all employers. This time it's a compulsory pension scheme for all employees.
This new pensions law is due to be introduced over four years from October 2012. The largest employers (120,000 or more employees) will be forced to sign up first. Those who employ less than 50 workers will be required to take part in the scheme from a date sometime in 2014 to 2016. The exact date will depend on your PAYE reference number.