Synopsis: Short summaries of articles we think you will find useful from some of the weekends broadsheets. At the end of each summary is a link to take you directly to the relevant article. Please see Helpful Hints at the end of the bulletin.

Date posted: Monday, October 06, 2014



Financial Times:” Nail in the coffin of the ‘death tax'”. The pension’s revolution continues. The industry was taken by surprise this year, when George Osborne, the chancellor, announced in his Budget speech that the effective requirement to buy an annuity was to be abolished in April 2015. Now, Mr Osborne has acted to remove another anomaly in the pension system, and in so doing has gone much further than most observers expected. Click here to go directly to the article

Financial Times:” Older workers desert pensions”. Nearly one in three older workers are missing out on free money from their employer for their retirement by opting out of a company pension, according to new research.

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Financial Times:” Tax probes into wealthy foreigners stepped up”. The UK tax authority has significantly increased the amount of extra money it obtains from highly paid foreign professionals, having stepped up interrogation of their tax affairs. Click here to go directly to the article


The Times:” Children to benefit from pension as ‘death tax’ dies”. Savers will be able to leave more of their money to their beneficiaries when they die after the chancellor announced last week that a 55% tax rate will be scrapped.

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The Times:” Scottish reforms turn the spotlight onto stamp duty”. Scotland’s plan to rip up the stamp duty rules highlights the unfairness of a ‘perverse’ system that remains in place in England, according to experts.

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The Times:” Court orders Spanish inheritance tax pay-out”. Britons who have inherited a Spanish property could be in line for a €600m (£470m) tax rebate after a European Court of Justice ruling.

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The Times:” At last, PM promises to lift the iniquitous 40p tax threshold”. THE growing absurdity of trapping ordinary people in the higher-rate tax bracket has long been clear to everyone other than politicians. Nobody who earns £41,865 — where the 40p tax band begins — would consider themselves part of the wealthy elite. They are not badly off, but neither are they rich enough to educate their children privately, buy a second home and enjoy several foreign holidays a year.

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The Times:” What tax reforms mean for your finances”. The ‘squeezed middle’ could find itself less well-off than it might imagine over the next few years despite promises of tax cuts, analysts have warned, arguing that recently proposed policies could cancel each other out or affect very few people. Click here to go directly to the article


The Telegraph:” Pensions vs Isa’s: end of ‘death tax’ changes the sums “. The latest stage of the pension’s revolution – the scrapping of the ‘death tax’ announced at the Conservative Party conference last week – has made pensions a much more attractive way to save.

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The Telegraph:” Landmark ruling brings hope for British expats with ‘illegal’ Spanish properties”. Thousands of Britons who were duped into buying illegally built properties in Spain have been offered fresh hope after four British families were awarded more than £140,000 compensation in a landmark ruling.

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The Telegraph:” 25pc lump sum? Some can get 100pc of a company pension tax-free”. Thousands of pre-2006 company pension plans allow retirees to enjoy bumper tax-free lump sums of up to 100pc. But if they also want to enjoy the new pension freedoms, these savers need to get their pensions in check before April 2015.

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