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UK introduces new tax penalties for overseas investors dodging tax liabilities

The "Requirement To Correct" (RTC) legislation came into force on September 30 2018

Britain’s so-called “requirement to correct” (RTC) legislation came into force on 30 September 2018.

The new law requires taxpayers to declare any foreign assets that could affect their UK income tax, capital gains tax or inheritance tax.

Investors who notified HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) before the deadline were granted 90 days to disclose any offshore assets and pay the relevant tax due.

Australia, Switzerland and Singapore are among the countries that have signed up to let tax authorities share information internationally.

Any individuals who have paid the incorrect amount of tax on overseas income in previous years must have corrected their tax returns by the deadline, or the potential fine will double to 200% of tax owed.

Latest longevity figures pose retirement saving problem

Retirement without adequate income is not a happy place to be

Experts have warned of undersaving for retirement as the latest figures predict increasing numbers of newborns will live to 100 years old.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures found life expectancy was projected to increase, albeit at a slower rate, with an extra 8.6m people aged above 65 in half a century’s time - a demographic shift expected to put increasing pressure on already struggling care provision.

According to the figures 22.6 per cent of newborn boys and 28.3 per cent of newborn girls will live to 100 years old.

The data found a 65 year-old could expect to spend around half of their remaining life expectancy in good health, but the amount of time spent in poor health will increase as life expectancy rises.

Empty homes tax - a new budjet blow for landlords

Landlords face fresh blow with empty homes tax

Property investors face another hit from the Budget as empty homes could be hit by a 100 per cent council tax premium.

The move, announced by chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond during the 22 November 2017 Budget, has been described as "crippling" for buy-to-let investors.

Today Mr Hammond gave local councils the ability to increase the council tax premium on empty homes from 50 per cent to 100 per cent.

5 common mistakes UK expats make with domicile & tax

Misunderstandings persist around issues of domicile - IHT - Wills & tax

British expats still have some crucial misunderstandings about their domicile status and tax position that could leave them and their loved ones financially exposed and even land them in trouble with HM Revenue & Customs, warns Rachael Griffin at Old Mutual Wealth.

The research from Old Mutual International shows that a lack of knowledge can lead to unexpected consequences.

"Inheritance tax will be a concern for many UK expats and appropriate planning needs to be in place to mitigate any on-going liability.”

Retirement before age 70 'unaffordable' for one in 12

1 in 12 pensioners delaying retirement due to lack of funds

More than half of those planning to retire this year will consider working past the state pension age, with many saying they can not afford to stop work, research from Prudential has suggested.

The group’s annual research found that ‘pretirement’, where people gradually scale back work or change jobs rather than stop working completely, is increasingly common among people of retirement age.

About one in 12 people said they were delaying retirement because they could not afford it, and thought they would not be able to stop working before the age of 70.

Gay man wins landmark pension case in UK court

Gay man wins equal pension rights in landmark UK court case

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the same rights to pension death benefits as heterosexual couples in a landmark case involving a final salary scheme.

On Wednesday, John Walker won his long-running legal battle to allow his husband to inherit the same percentage of his defined benefit (DB) pension that a female partner would be entitled to.

Under existing rules, occupational pension schemes pay out 50% of the value of a pension to a spouse for the rest of their lives after their husband or wife dies - without taking the marriage date into account.

However, an exemption in the 2010 Equality Act allows companies to limit pension benefits for surviving same sex spouses, to benefits accrued since 2005, when the Civil Partnership Act came in.

This means that companies do not have to pay out the full pension benefits to a civil partner in a same sex marriage on pensions built up before 2005.

UK Housing Market Headed For Crash Experts Warn

Experts Warn Of UK Housing Crash

The UK housing market could face a crash to rival the one that buckled the economy in the early 1990s, experts have warned.

Despite a 1.1 per cent growth in the housing market during June, experts are concerned that the prospects are less than clement, with some predicting a particularly gloomy future for homeowners.

Professor Paul Cheshire of the London School of Economics, has said: “The current house price ratio is unaffordable. Wages are failing to keep up with inflation and the housing market is overheated.

Neil Woodford View On The UK Economy

"The UK economy is more unbalanced today than ever before" - Neil Woodford

All the talk of rebalancing the UK economy that we heard from policymakers in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis unfortunately, has led to nothing.

The UK economy is more unbalanced today than ever before.

We had a recent meeting with Darren Winder of the Lazarus Partnership – Darren has been a very valuable input into our investment process for many years and his extensive knowledge and database on the UK economy is pretty much unsurpassed.

We covered a lot of ground during the meeting, but some charts really stood out. Here we provide a few of them, which we believe provide strong evidence of the continued imbalances within the UK economy and the unsustainable nature of recent economic growth.

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