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Planning for Higher Tax Rates

Individuals with annual incomes over £150,000 will be subject to the new top rate of income tax of 50% from 6 April 2010. In addition for those earning over £100,000 the basic personal allowance is being withdrawn, with the affect that those earning between £100,000 and £112,950 can be taxed at up to 60%. The top rate on dividend income has also been increased to 42.5% from 32.5%. Now is the time to start planning for those high earners whose top slice of income will be affected. What can be done to delay or avoid th...

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The lasting power of attorney

From time to time circumstances may arise when an individual either no longer wishes to make decisions concerning their affairs (including their property) or their personal welfare. In these situations the individual (the donor) can complete a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) whereby he or she chooses someone (the attorney) who is empowered to make decisions for the donor. The donor must have the mental capacity to complete the LPA. In order for an LPA to be used it must first be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). Howev...

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Offset of savings and borrowings

With savings rates having dropped to an all-time low, many individuals are actively looking for a better way of using their savings. For those savers who also have borrowings, there are two options to consider: 1. Do you wish to use your savings to pay off your borrowings; or 2. Continue to separate your savings and borrowings by taking out an offset mortgage. Like many good ideas, the offset mortgage is simple to understand and is relatively straight-forward in its operation. Any monies you hold on linked current or deposit accounts a...

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Watch those expense claims!

It is not only members of parliament that face difficulties in making expense claims. Many employees regularly make expense claims for costs incurred in their employment and it is important to be aware of current tax regulations. There are a number of “tax deductible” expenses you might be able to claim. These include the cost of professional fees or subscriptions, business travel and subsistence, tools and specialist clothing. Most claims can be backdated for up to 6 years. You can find out more about the types of expenses that...

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Alex Newman runs the Race for Life

Alex Newman, Client Manager from Rothman’s Portsmouth North office, ran the cancer charity 5K Race for Life at Southsea this summer. Alex, who raised over £200 for the charity, including donations and sponsorship from her team at Rothmans, said she had always wanted to take part in this event, but had been prevented before because of studying for her ACCA accounting exams. It was the death of her grandmother from cancer that spurred Alex on to train and participate, coupled with a desire to help those who have to face cancer now and...

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Habib Bora New Rothmans Partner

Habib Brora appointed director at Eastleigh

Habib Brora from Rothmans Eastleigh has been appointed director with effect from 1st October 2009. Habib commenced employment with Rothmans in 2000 at the Eastleigh office, qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2004. After qualifying Habib gained an in-depth knowledge of tax which helps him give clients the best all round advice. Habib has built up a portfolio of personal, business, charity and trust clients. Habib decided to enter the accounting profession after a family member received relatively poor advice from their account...

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