New Disclosure Opportunity – Last chance to avoid being ?vigorously? pursued by UK taxman

The UK tax authority has announced that a New Disclosure Opportunity (NDO) will be launched in the autumn, to enable…

Protecting Your Money From Fraud

On 29th June, Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in jail for his ?unprecedented? $65 billion fraud. In effect…

Isle of Man To Automatically Exchange Bank Account Information

The Isle of Man, a popular offshore banking jurisdiction for expatriates, is to start automatically exchanging information on bank accounts…

UK Taxman To Keep Closer Eye on Non-Residents

More wealthy people are expected to leave the UK to reside abroad and escape the new 50% tax rate for…

Taxing Times Ahead: ?Tax increases for those that can afford them? (Alistair Darling)

In the mid-80s global tax competition intensified leading to a trend for cutting top marginal income tax rates. Today, largely…

Have We Beaten the Banking Blues?

In the US, confidence that the credit crisis is easing increased after the Treasury announced on 9thJune that 10 banks…

Offshore Bank Accounts and Tax Planning ? A Changed Landscape – Part 2

In Part 1 I covered the latest Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development?s (OECD) commitment to heap further pressure on…

Offshore Bank Accounts and Tax Planning ? A Changed Landscape – Part 1

The simple fact is that banking secrecy is dead. Offshore banks are succumbing to international pressure and it is becoming…

Investment Planning ? Back to Basics

Spring is in the air. After the flow of discouraging economic and market news through the winter, the outlook now…

Choosing A Financial Adviser

Many people take financial advice to protect their assets from tax and inflation, so that they can hopefully enjoy a…

Don?t let the investment tail wag the tax dog

It may not be absolutely clear at the moment whether stockmarkets and other asset classes have now hit the bottom…

HMRC Gets Tough On QROPS Abuse

For many expatriates and those planning to become non-UK resident, the introduction of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pensions (QROPS) has brought…

Switzerland agrees to relax banking secrecy – ?The beginning of the end of tax havens?

The ?tax haven? landscape has shifted. Over a matter of days a number of key jurisdictions, including Switzerland, bowed to…

Are Bonds The Place To Be With Your Money?

Recent financial events have been momentous. Our grandchildren and great grandchildren will probably be studying the credit crisis and all…

How Will The ?Tax Black Hole? Be Filled?

If the economic downturn isn?t depressing enough in putting a tight squeeze on personal finances, more gloom lies ahead for…

Longevity And Its Impact On Your Finances

Provided we?re of sound health and mind, most of us would relish the prospect of a nice long life. The…