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Archive: July 2015

Owning property in France

With the imposition of new taxes, it has become more expensive in recent years for Brits to own property in France. A UK resident selling residential property in France may now have to pay both UK and French tax on the capital gain, at a combined rate of 43.5%.

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12 Jul 15
Colin Tice

Growth is at the forefront of France's political agenda

AS the nation that coined the term ‘enterprise’, it’s perhaps unsurprising to hear the French Government is doing all that it can to promote business and inward investment.

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15 Jul 15
Séverine de Surmont-Fromont, Senior Partner, STC Group, Eurus -

Pension freedom - death benefits

The removal of the 55% ‘death tax’ on the value of money purchase pension funds means for those who can afford to hold on to pension cash there are now many more opportunities to pass their wealth down to future generations.

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3 Jul 15
Steven Greenwood, Director, Cassons Financial Planning Limited

Tax relief denied on amortisation of goodwill

It’s been just a little over 7 months since the Autumn Statement 2014 was delivered by George Osborne (albeit it under a different government) when surprising and immediately effective changes were announced to reliefs previously available for both companies and individuals on the sale of goodwill from an unincorporated business to a new related company.

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8 Jul 15
Helen Cowley

Summer Budget 2015

The first wholly Conservative Budget since 1996 will be regarded by some as a tax raising budget, and those targeted with their “fair share” of reducing the national debt burden appear to be owner managed businesses.

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13 Jul 15
Colin Tice

Pension freedom – not as “free” as you think

The new pensions freedom of choice has given people far greater power over how they spend, save or invest their retirement funds in future. This has led to many questions and misconceptions arising.

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14 Jul 15
Steven Greenwood, Director, Cassons Financial Planning Limited

Speaking the right language

One of the biggest challenges British businesses face when looking to break into new export markets is overcoming the language barrier

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29 Jul 15
Ian Garbett, Muschamp Machine Services

Auto enrolment: the heavy price for failing to comply

Running a small business isn’t easy: there’s always a lot to do and not enough hours in the day in which to do it, so perhaps it’s not surprising some SMEs are falling into the trap of neglecting their workplace pension obligations

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30 Jul 15
John Davenport, Director, Cassons Financial Planning Limited

Establishing trade links in India

INDIA has one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world, making it an attractive destination for British firms looking to do business overseas.

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31 Jul 15
Jason Gledhill, Area Commercial Director, HSBC

Customs Duties – Are you paying too much?

Business secretary Sajid Javid has recently pledged to reduce red tape for business, and at the same time the EU Commission has unveiled plans to cut similar EU regulation.

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27 Jul 15
Tom Blenkinsop