A hit on the ‘Buy-to-Let’ market from the Autumn Statement

Category: financial planning & Housing & property & Uncategorized

Chancellor George Osborne landed buy-to-let landlords a shock during the Autumn Statement by announcing a 3% stamp duty surcharge on property purchases from 1st April 2016.

The addition of a 3% extra charge for buy-to-let and second homes on all stamp duty bands above a £40,000 starting level will see some purchases taking on a much larger amount of stamp duty.

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George Osborne uses Autumn Statement to spell out clear policy messages

Category: Autumn Statement & financial planning & Uncategorized

According to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review, we all look set to face a galvanised HMRC, with an increased war chest for tackling tax evasion and avoidance. The Chancellor believes £5bn of additional revenue is expected to be raised by his new range of initiatives. Measures are planned to introduce new penalties for the General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) and disguised remuneration schemes.

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The Autumn Statement 2015 Overview

Category: Budget & Cashflow & financial planning & Uncategorized


Just over four months ago, George Osborne delivered his second Budget of 2015, following the Conservative Party’s outright victory in the May general election. At that moment, the view from 11, Downing Street must have looked remarkably pleasant. Osborne’s handling of the economy was widely credited with playing a large – if not pivotal – part in the election victory. Boris Johnson and Theresa May, the Chancellor’s two main rivals in the race to succeed David Cameron, were both listing badly – albeit they hadn’t quite run aground.

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The EU Referendum is on the horizon. What impact might it have on UK SMEs?

Category: Business & Europe & financial planning & Uncategorized

The UK is set to have a referendum by the end of 2017 which will determine whether or not we will remain a member of the European Union. In this referendum everyone of voting age will take part, answering “Yes” or “No” to the question of whether they wish to remain a part of the EU. There’s no doubt that leaving the European Union would bring about quite a few changes in the UK, but how would this decision affect Small and Medium sized Enterprises?

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