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Avoid making your New Year a taxing time

Paddy Harty
QUESTION : I run a small family construction business and plan to leave my books and records in with my accountant early in the New Year to allow him to prepare my accounts and tax returns.

Are you an ostrich or a wise owl?

Michael Kennedy
THOSE clever people at the Skipton Building Society have come up with a zany system that classifies us as into particular ‘creature types’, when it comes to preparing for our retirement.

Are you banking on taking future financial risks?

Darren McKeever
With Royal Bank of Scotland in the news after two of the five groups of shareholders suing the bank rejected a settlement claim, how can you ensure you manage your risk in future? A lot has happened over the last eight years and in some cases, 2008 seems like a lifetime ago.

Peace of mind is for life – not just for Christmas

Michael Kennedy
WITH just 13 days to go, would you like to know what this festive season is likely to have cost you, by the time you are carving the turkey on Christmas Day? Well, we know that nowadays, the run-up to Christmas almost follows on from Halloween.

State pension 'is still in intensive care'

Michael Kennedy
Anyone listening to the Chancellor Philip Hammond in last week’s Autumn Statement might have had the impression that he hasn’t touched our pensions.

It’s a taxing time at Christmas for staff

Paddy Harty
QUESTION: My business has performed well this year and I want to buy gifts for my employees for Christmas as a thank you for their hard work and commitment.

Who'll foot the bill for the 'financial uncertainty' of later life?

Darren McKeever
PENSIONS and social care are high on the agenda, especially after the Chancellor’s autumn statement, but how can you prepare for later life while there is so much uncertainty surrounding who foots the bill? We’ve written a lot about pensions and the cost of care over the last few months, and with good reason.

Buy-to-let under threat

Darren McKeever
WITH plans to scrap buy-to-let tax relief due to come into effect next April, many investors are considering selling up.

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