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A guide to inheritance tax changes from April 2017

Whether it is a drive for social fairness, passing on wealth or upcoming changes, the question on everyone’s minds is how much inheritance tax do we pay?

EU VAT: Where did it all go wrong?

The micro business community has had few positive words to say about the EU VAT regulations in the months since their introduction. Sole traders and firms employing only a few staff members have struggled to comply with the rules.

What are the new rules and why are they making life so hard for micro firms and sole traders selling digital services?

3 ways to reduce your corporation tax bill

Here are 3 ways you can make a difference to your corporation tax bill.

Reduce capital gains tax on your investments

No-one likes paying capital gains tax. If you're a higher or additional rate taxpayer you're going to be paying 28% tax whenever you sell your assets. If you're selling high-value items or disposing of a large part of your portfolio, that can amount to a lot of tax.

If you're thinking about selling assets, here are some key ways to reduce your tax bill.

Filing your annual returns

As we approach the end of the 2014/15 tax year, we look at the documents companies are required to submit with their annual returns.

Choosing your executor

How do you pick the right person to manage your estate?

Funding your start-up

Funding is often the most confusing aspect of starting a business. What types of finance are there? How do I find funding? How much do I need?

What will you give the taxman this Christmas?

It's a good idea to get your self-assessment sorted before the New Year, or it won't just be the over-eating giving you the post-Christmas blues.

Keep your business from crashing with a CVA

A CVA is a legal agreement between your company and its creditors. Threatened with a winding-up petition, your business can promise to repay your creditors either from future profits or from proceeds gained from selling company assets over an agreed time period.

How to minimise your IHT bill

While IHT has the ability to be a particularly onerous tax, early and effective estate planning can get you around it.

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