Local professional support - April 2017

Do inheritance tax changes mean I should change my will?
Some changes in inheritance tax law can affect your will. On 6 April 2017 the first tranche of the Residential Nil Rate Band (RNRB) of £100,000 will be introduced, with further increases up to a maximum of £175,000 by 6 April 2020. The conditions to qualify for the RNRB are such that careful Will drafting is required. 

Up to £38,300 tax free - no questions asked
If you add up all the many tax-free allowances for different types of profits, and organised your finances to use them all, you could enjoy as much as £38,300 of income and gains without paying any tax at all. Now that’s a valuable prompt ahead of the start of the new 2017/18 tax year.

Short-term reprieve for self-employed, but how long will this last?
The self-employed may have breathed a sigh of relief with the Chancellor’s U-turn on national insurance contributions (NIC), but there may still be a sting in the tail to come.

Dividend dis-allowance
The £5,000 tax-free dividend allowance was introduced in the first Budget of the new Conservative government in summer 2015. This, we were told, would create a ‘simpler system’ which would mean only those with significant dividend income would pay more tax. Now, less than two years later, it seems that we will have a more complex system and those with modest income from shares will see a rise in the amount of tax they owe. Two years is clearly a long time in politics.